10:43am Wednesday 14th August 2013
By Emma Rigby
A FEASIBILITY study will be carried out to determine the best use for an ‘underutilised’ play area in Barnton.
Residents contacted the Guardian after play equipment was removed from the Runcorn Road Recreation Ground at the start of the summer holidays.
Arthur Carter, who has lived in Barnton for 84 years, said: “With impeccable timing, just before the long summer holidays when the ground receives its maximum use, the parish council removed the swings and closed the slide on this quiet play ground.
Mr Carter feared the parish council had plans to turn the site into housing or allotments, but Barnton Parish Council insist the equipment has been removed due to safety concerns, with a feasibility study planned to determine what the next step should be.
Phill M Evoy, clerk to Barnton parish council, said: “The swings have been removed for repairs and the slide has been cordoned off because the soft pour surfacing underneath is loose and potentially dangerous.
“Before committing to very expensive replacement or repair work to the play equipment, the parish council will carry out a feasibility study to determine what is the best and most appropriate use for the recreation ground as it is significantly underutilised as a play area according to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
“Ongoing financial constraints mean that the parish council is looking at its existing assets to establish how to make the best use of what it has in its estate.”
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