Chesterfield council removes children’s play area

Residents of Langtree Avenue are unhappy that the play area has gone.
Residents of Langtree Avenue are unhappy that the play area has gone.

Youngsters have been left devastated after a children’s play area disapeared.

Cash-strapped Chesterfield Borough Council removed the slide, swings and climbing frame from Langtree Avenue, Old Whittington, at the start of the October school holidays.

The move has sparked criticism from parents.

A council spokesman said: “The slide, swings and climbing frame were removed because they were old and had become unsafe.

“There are no immediate plans to replace them as the funding is not available but we are looking into applying for money to improve play areas,” the spokesman added.

In a letter to the Derbyshire Times, Craig Cantral branded the decision “insensitive”.

He added: “There are numerous families with young children on Langtree Avenue, many of whom made the decision to buy or rent their property due to the location and availability of the play park.

“The young children and parents would like it replaced as soon as possible.”

Commenting on the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Joanne Greatorex said: “My kids were heartbroken when they saw it had just disappeared.

“Only the day before we were on there playing.

“It’s a disgrace.”

Mick Bonson added: “If kids start doing something else the council will soon complain about that.”

Chesterfield Borough Council is dealing with a 38 per cent reduction in its Government grant.

This equates to £3.3million over a four-year period.