By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:53
CHILDREN in Brockhill are missing out on a play area because the money was spent in Batchley instead, a former councillor has claimed.
Jim Uphill told the Standard years ago it was confirmed cash from developers building in the district would be used to install equipment on an area of ground in Carthouse Lane. But instead, he alleged he was told at a PACT meeting the equipment was given to the neighbouring district for children there.
Calling on Redditch Borough Council to consult with residents about their wishes, he said: “I was told nobody in Brockhill wanted a park but it has grown since those times anyway. There are lots and lots of children and if they do want to go to a play area it’s a long walk all the way up to Batchley instead of having their own.
“It is a round trip of at least an hour, it’s absurd to expect moms and dads and little children to walk all the way and all the way back and be energetic enough to use the play equipment as well.
“We are going to probably have more people eventually in Brockhill than there are in Batchley and we can get absolutely nothing done.”
A council spokeswoman said it was difficult for them to comment on conversations or meetings which had happened so long ago.
“But we would like to reassure residents that money earmarked by developers are targeted in the relevant locality. Indeed for that particular area there would be detailed planning and legal documents which were adhered to.
“As a council, we aim to continue to invest in existing play areas and create new ones and the launch of our play strategy this year will, with involvement with residents, help guide future improvements and enhance the play experience throughout the borough.”
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