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[26 JAN 99] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Safety Inspectors Close Play Area

A children's play area in Stratford is being closed following the introduction of new safety standards. Council contractors will be removing the apparatus from the play area in the Recreation Ground this Thursday, 28 January, and hope to complete a new re-designed play area in the spring.

The closure follows a routine check by Stratford District Council and independent inspectors, which revealed some problems with the play equipment and the surface area. New European safety standards governing children's play areas came into force on 1 January 1999, and the council is arranging for replacement equipment and surfacing to the new standards.

"In the interests of safety, the District Council will be removing the equipment from the play area this week," said Cllr Geoff Freeman, the District Council's Chairman of Community Services.

"I know it will disappointing to all the parents and children who regularly use this play area, but the safety of the children must come first.

"The equipment is quite old and simply not up to the new safety standards, a situation that was made worse when this area was flooded last year. We have now had to bring forward our programme of improvements to the play area that were originally scheduled for next year."

Work on the main play area will start by April and be completed in May at an estimated cost of 90,000. Sponsorship or partnership funding is being sought for subsequent phases of the scheme. Stratford Round Table are aiming to raise 50,000 to help the project.

MORE INFORMATION:
Mark Lepkowski, press officer on 01789 260104 or
Chris Wood, play area development officer on 01789 260640
e-mail: chris.wood@stratford-dc.gov.uk

   

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