Loughton Park Play Areas an Utter Disgrace
Many of the play areas in Loughton are a disgrace. Some, like the play area on the south side of the Loughton sports ground have lost all their equipment, presumably because the equipment was dangerous. Others are in disrepair. In some the equipment is over 30 years old. The surfaces are out of date and need investment and renewal.
Parish Councillor and parent Peter Todd said, “Good quality, safe children’s play areas are important for families. In Loughton some of them are a disgrace. We need to recognise that the play areas have been badly neglected and work is now urgently required”
Peter Todd said that in his role as a Parish Councillor in Loughton, he has worked with the officer at MK Council responsible for MK’s play areas to develop a strategy for renewal. “MK has about 500 play areas which is a relatively high number for our population. Play areas have been created as MK has been developed but without an adequate endowment to cover maintenance and renewal. This means many areas have fallen into disrepair. In this age of austerity funds are limited, so we plan to consult people on our strategy, which involves taking out 2 small play areas of very low play value (saving expense) and concentrating resources on 2 key sites where we can invest and bring the standard of the play area up to a proper standard – making an area which children find exciting and stimulating to play in.”