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Cromer mayor raises renewed concerns over playgrounds

PUBLISHED: 14:36 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:12 12 July 2016

Fears Field playwark in Cromer which is in a bad state of disrepair. Pictured is Cromer Town Mayor Tim Adams.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Fears Field playwark in Cromer which is in a bad state of disrepair. Pictured is Cromer Town Mayor Tim Adams. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2016

Children could risk “serious injury” unless urgent action is taken to improve the upkeep of playparks in Cromer, it has been claimed.

Mayor Tim Adams is campaigning for the local council to deal with faults at all of the town’s five parks – Fearns Field, Brownshill, The Meadow, Happy Valley and Nelson Heights.

However, despite cataloguing the problems in an attempt to spur North Norfolk District Council into action, a frustrated Mr Adams says the issue has not been addressed.

He said: “There is only one piece of play equipment we don’t have an significant issue with. There are so many risks that could potentially result in anything from scratches and bruises to serious injury.

“There is no plan in place to get on top of the maintenance and no capital budget to replace or renew equipment.

“I don’t think the piecemeal approach will work, we need to have a proper play strategy in place.”

He added: “Cromer contributes so much to the district’s coffers, but we are very far behind places that have got all-weather surfaces for basketball and football.”

A meeting is now set to take place next week between the town and district council in a bid to find a way forward.

NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “We constantly balance the need for maintenance and repair against the available budgets and will continue to do so.

“We have spent more than £50,000 in recent years at The Meadow and Fearns Field in Cromer on new equipment and picnic tables, and have a duty to spend on other towns and communities around the district. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation.”

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