Work begins on vandalised play park

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 August 2014

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OVERDUE work on a vandalised play park has begun - five years after the initial start date.

Residents have called for urgent action over the play area in Walford Avenue in North Worle and council officers were forced to make developers aware they had a limited amount of time to get to work before they faced legal action.

The topic has been featured in the Mercury on several occasions over the past two years, as youngsters and parents have appealed for the park to be cleaned up and refurbished.

Some have said North Worle youngsters were ‘suffering’ due to the delay.

In a previous Mercury report North Somerset Council said it had refused to adopt the land before outstanding work was completed by the consortium of developers, Mead Realisations, Persimmon and Bloor Homes, which is why the work has been put on hold.

Improvement works to drainage ditches were behind another delay and Derek Mead, head of Mead Realisations, said the council had asked the company to take out the former play park because it was vandalised.

Earlier this year Mead Realisations said it was waiting on a formal ‘green light’ from the authority to avoid disturbing wildlife during the bird-nesting season.

A council spokesman said: “In the past there have been several unsuccessful attempts to construct a play area in the Walford Ave area but they (the consortium) failed because of vandalism.

“From the council’s perspective we want the consortium to complete the outstanding work.

“We would not be prepared to adopt an area which would immediately need money spending on it which would fall on the council taxpayer.”

Now the company has told the council work will start, which neighbours hope will get the park back in action.

Deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said: “Work was needed to the water course system and Mead Realisations has agreed to instruct a company to start the work.”

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