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Land is very well used
2:34pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Letters
I READ with great interest the article regarding Barnton recreation ground, Guardian, September 4, and the comments of both the clerk of the parish council and Mr Arthur Carter.
I am fortunate enough to live in a house that overlooks the playing field and I cannot see how Mr Evoy arrives at the conclusion that the area is “under-utilised”. On each of the last two afternoons and evenings for instance, there have been up to 15 or so young lads playing football utilising the multi-purpose equipment, as well as families with children engaged in a range of activities from walking the dog to flying kites and riding bikes in a safe, traffic free environment. I looked out of my window recently to see two groups of teenagers laughing and talking while sitting on the grass.
There certainly has been a reduction in the number of smaller children using the area since the swings and slide have been taken out of commission, and I have seen numerous instances of families walking onto the field only to leave after a short time because the children were obviously looking forward to using the equipment that is no longer available.
A number of us attended a parish council meeting in July to voice our concerns over the future of the playing field and were told that the swings were temporarily out of use while being repaired. Summer has now passed, which as Mr Carter points out is normally the time when the field is most used, and the swings are still unavailable to the children of Barnton, with the slide also recently cordoned off and not available.
I hope the feasibility study mentioned in the article will take into account a realistic assessment of the use of the area as a playing field, as was originally intended when it was given to Barnton residents, and not rely on the assessment of under-utilisation plucked out of thin air with no discernible evidence to back it up.
Tom Tavener Barnton
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