Framlingham: Parents’ safety fears at Hopkins Homes’ bid to scrap park swing
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Parents have hit out at plans to remove a piece of play equipment from a Suffolk park.
Residents of Castle Brooks, Framlingham were informed by Suffolk Coastal that an application had been made to remove the birds-nest swing and the fencing and posts surrounding a nearby play area.
The district council say this is due to residents raising concerns regarding the placing of equipment, and the disturbance caused to them by users.
A number of children have even made up a petition against the application, made by Hopkins Homes, who installed the play area as a planning condition when the Castle Mount estate was built.
Sarah Moore said: “This is the only park for children without having to go to the other side of the town.
“The swing is the only piece of equipment for disabled children. Having a child with additional needs, it’s good to have an area where they can interact with other children.”
Jo Ryall said: “From my point of view the fence is a big safety feature. It keeps the children safe and it makes them a bit more wary.”
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Tonya Hill, whose children use the area said: “The plans were put forward for everyone to see and the play area was always on them.”
Town clerk Eileen Coe said early indications from councillors showed a ‘strong objection’ to the application.
She said: “Removal of the fencing is a concern as it is there to protect children from dogs.
“If the fencing is removed, Hopkins Homes could be liable to any incident involving a dog.”
Hopkins Homes were not available for comment.