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Vandalised play area reopens

Published Wednesday, 16 February 2011

A play area that was closed due to vandalism is set to reopen on 18 February, after extensive refurbishment was carried out and maintenance of it was transferred to Wellingborough Council.

The play area at John Lea Way, off Doddington Road, is part of a housing development and the maintenance had previously been the responsibility of the developer. Unfortunately, in 2008 the perimeter fence was damaged and equipment vandalised, and an assault was committed on a young girl, leading to the play area being closed.

After carrying out the necessary repairs, the developer has now transferred the responsibility of the play area to Wellingborough Council, and has paid the council £50,000 to take on the long-term maintenance.

Cllr Martin Griffiths, ward councillor for the area, said: "We are really happy to see this playground reopen, and for us to be able to maintain it. Our grounds maintenance crews will include the play area in their rounds and provide regular visual inspections to make sure it's kept at its best. The residents have had concerns about the area attracting antisocial behaviour, but I have been in touch with our excellent community police team and they have assured me they will carry out additional patrols now the area is up and running again. We are hoping that this facility will be used and enjoyed by local people for a great many years to come."