Thursday, 26 March 2009

Confusion over play equipment

There is a lack of adequate facilities for children in the Llwynhendy area, and the situation is exacerbated by a lack of communication between the company responsible for the Pemberton development and the county council, according to local Plaid councillor, Meilyr Hughes. There was a skateboard ramp and seats on the site prior to the development, but they have been removed and not replaced despite over twelve months having passed.

Cllr Hughes has been trying to get to the bottom of the matter for some time, and said this week, “We are getting two very different stories here, and it’s hard to know what is or is not true. Costain say that they removed the equipment at the request of the county council, and put it to one side for the county to collect. The county council took almost a year to come and collect it, and then took only the skateboard ramp, and left the seating behind.

“However, according to the council, the developer refused to release the equipment to the county council. These two stories cannot both be true, but the result is that both parties seem to be saying that the other is responsible and should pay compensation or provide new equipment.”

Cllr Hughes said that, in reality, his main concern was not about who was or was not telling the truth, but about getting proper equipment provided for the children in the area. “It’s the children who are losing out,” he said. “It’s all very well for the adults to have an argument about this, but it’s the children of the area who’ve lost the facility, and been without it for over a year. I will continue to press for a resolution to the problem.”

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