Campaign puts the pride back in play area

Damaged equipment in a play area in Crocus Walk, Spalding, has been removed, ANL-150406-150246001
Damaged equipment in a play area in Crocus Walk, Spalding, has been removed, ANL-150406-150246001
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Children can play safely on a vandalised area of Spalding following legal action.

The privately built playground in Crocus Walk was full of damaged equipment and strewn with rusty nails, broken fence posts and fly-tipped rubbish until residents called on South Holland District Council (SHDC) for help to get the mess cleaned up.

This is a great example of how council services are working together to deliver results for the people of South Holland

Malcolm Chandler, SHDC portfolio holder for Health and Safety

A perfect job for the Pride in South Holland campaign, SHDC’s Environmental Services contacted The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), who reported back confirming that the play area was unsafe.

Owners of the play area, Boston-based Lincolnshire 
Developments Limited, were contacted and attempts were made to resolve the issue without taking formal action under Health and Safety laws.

However, Lincolnshire 
Developments failed to respond and was served with a legal 
notice forcing them to either remove or make good the playground and equipment or face prosecution.

Lincolnshire Developments then removed the play equipment and returned the area to green space during April.

One resident commented: “Great work cleaning up the Crocus Lane play area, it was a right mess.”

Malcolm Chandler, portfolio holder for Health and Safety, said: “This is a great example of how council services are working together deliver results for the people of South Holland.

“This play area was in a dreadful and dangerous state, and it is fortunate that nobody was injured using it. I am proud of our services which have delivered this result.”