‘Park is accident waiting to happen’ claim parents

Tim Long (l) and Saleem Memon, residents of Northfield Avenue, Toll Bar, measure the depth of a puddle at the playground, which is seven inches deep, which they are unhappy about, as Ben Bailey haven't made the playground child friendly. Picture: Andrew Roe

Tim Long (l) and Saleem Memon, residents of Northfield Avenue, Toll Bar, measure the depth of a puddle at the playground, which is seven inches deep, which they are unhappy about, as Ben Bailey haven't made the playground child friendly. Picture: Andrew Roe

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch group has been set up to help tackle a dangerous playground.

Residents in the new Greenfield Park estate near Toll Bar have formed a campaign group to try and get repairs carried out on a children’s play park, which they say ‘is an accident waiting to happen.’

Saleem Memon, who is organising the group, said: “It is really dangerous because there is standing water gathering all over the park.

“Some of it is really deep and a child could fall in and injure themselves or drown.

“The other day there was a little girl who fell through the gaps on the rope bridge and landed in the water - she could have been seriously injured.

“About half of the people living here have children and we do not want anyone to get hurt there.”

When visiting the playground with the Free Press Mr Memon measured the water level at almost 18cm deep in a trench running alongside play equipment.

Parents living in the new estate have also raised safety concerns about the lack of lighting around the playground and about sharp wire around the play area’s boundaries.

They have complained to the developers who came to the site to carry out checks, but residents still do not think the park is safe.

Mr Menon added: “It looks like some of the holes have been filled with rocks, but there is still water.

“We just can’t understand it, the playground looks like it hasn’t been finished.”

The site was developed by Ben Bailey Homes, who completed the 73 homes last year.

A Ben Bailey Homes’ spokesperson said: “Following successful completion of the Greenfield Park development, an integral part of the scheme was the formation of a public open space for residents living on the development.

“All work on the public open space was completed to the approved scheme specification in November 2011, which included the full provision of play equipment and landscaping of the entire area.

“However, we acknowledge that winter weather conditions have resulted in the accumulation of standing water in certain areas of the public open space. We are currently working to address this issue as a matter of urgency and incorporate additional land drainage.”

The Neighbourhood Watch group held their first meeting at the Toll Bar Community Centre and are trying to encourage support in their campaign across the new estate.