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21st Oct, 2021

Residents on new housing estate slam play park as 'pathetic'

FURIOUS families have slammed a play park as ‘pathetic’ and totally inadequate for their new estate.

The play park, featuring a tiny roundabout and some swings, was installed by David Wilson Homes at their Abbey Gate development off Nine Days Lane at the back of the Alexandra Hospital.

The development consists of some 180 homes but residents, who say they also have to pay a maintenance charge as well as council tax, say the play park is totally unsuitable for an estate which could have upwards of 400 children living there.

“We moved in three years ago and have two children and there are a lot of kids here but what they’ve provided is disgusting,” said one mum, Aneta Kubon.

“We’ve started a Facebook group and everyone is complaining about it.”

One issue with the estate is that it’s not well connected to other facilities across the rest of the town.

Aneta said there had been talk of the children having access to the playing fields at nearbv Tudor Grange High School, but this had come to nothing.

“When we moved in David Wilson Homes were really nice and although no one expected a big massive play area they did expect something a bit better than what we’ve got,” she said.

“It’s totally inadequate for the number of children here.”

After we put the issue before David Wilson Homes and sent them photographs of the play park, a spokesman said: “The designs for the play area at Abbey Gate were approved by the local authority and have been shared with the residents.

“We’ve taken on board the feedback from local residents and will be reviewing the facilities accordingly.

“The finishing touches are still to be added to the landscaped area before being handed over to a management company for regular maintenance.

“Whilst building new homes, we also commit to investing in infrastructure and the aim of this play area is simply to provide a designated safe space for local children to enjoy away from the roads.”

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