Easter event held at Wymondham’s King’s Head Meadow play area as wait continues over its future

The King’s Head Meadow Playscape Group at their Easter picnic in the park. Pictured left to right ar

The Kings Head Meadow Playscape Group at their Easter picnic in the park. Pictured left to right are: Derek Ward; Suzanne Nuri, Pete Green; Annette James; Iain hastings; Karen Savage; Sue Day; Sharon Hastings and Jemma Melton. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

With the future of a Wymondham play park still in doubt a picnic event has been held by a campaign group to encourage the community to continue to support the cause.

The King’s Head Meadow Playscape Group at their Easter picnic in the park. Pictured left to right ar

The Kings Head Meadow Playscape Group at their Easter picnic in the park. Pictured left to right are: Derek Ward; Suzanne Nuri, Pete Green; Annette James; Iain hastings; Karen Savage; Sue Day; Sharon Hastings and Jemma Melton. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Parents and their children turned out in force to enjoy the play facilities at King's Head Meadow, which is the centre of disagreement between the town council and sKing's Head Meadow Playscape Group.

The picnic in the park held on Good Friday was to try and keep the issue of the potential removal of some of the play equipment in the public eye.

An inspector from Play England visited to assess the suitability of a site next to the Back Lane car park, where it has been proposed to move the play equipment, and the report is yet to be published.

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Sharon Hastings said members of the play scape group do not want the play equipment moved to another area but would rather modifications were made on the current site.


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This includes moving the play park forward and away from the back gardens of the nearby Orchard Way residents who have complained of noise and anti-social behaviour.

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She said: 'We are hopeful that the Play England report will show there is not a lot wrong with the part. We wanted to hold this event to let people know the park is still under threat.

'This is a central location for Wymondham. It is good for access to the town centre, the car park and toilets.'

There was live music and dancing, an Easter egg hunt and an Easter bonnet competition.

Signs showing what the play park means to those who were put up to decorate fencing around the park.

They were made by children who used the facility during the week.

A majority of councillors voted last year to remove the playscape equipment - installed in 2014 - due to concerns from the Orchard Way residents.

But in August, residents held a week-long protest to stop contractors removing the equipment.

The county council stepped in, public consultations were held and a working group was set up to try and find a solution.

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The working group then recommended, although not unanimously, to move the playscape to the Back Lane side of the meadow.

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