Meeting called by council over Wymondham play park dispute after protesters storm fence

Parents, children and supporters continue their protest over the removal of play equipment at Kings

Parents, children and supporters continue their protest over the removal of play equipment at Kings Head Meadow, Wymondham. Despite it being fenced off access has been gained and the equipment is still being used.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A special meeting is being called by Wymondham Town Council over plans for the removal of play equipment from a popular playground.

The news comes after protesters pledged to continue their fight to stop some of the equipment being moved from the play park at King's Head Meadow.

A meeting has taken place between a mothers' group and the council who have revealed that contractors employed to move the equipment would not be on site today.

It has also been revealed that the cost of moving the equipment will be about £9,000 and the contractors could charge the council even though no work has taken place.

For a third day yesterday, children, parents and grandparents gathered at the play park at King's Head Meadow to stop the contractors from accessing the site.

Councillor Lee Hornby said the council was currently unable to carry out its resolution of removing the equipment, which was added to the play park in September 2014.

'We are trying to get the councillors together to discuss the best way forward,' he said.

'It is frustrating but we are where we are. People have the right to protest.

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'The meeting with the mothers' group went very well. Everyone had their say. It means we have somebody from the protest to liaise with.'

Protesters have said they will continue their fight until the end of the week at least.

The protest has seen people attending for a few hours before and after work, taking early morning and late shifts and popping by to drop off food supplies.

They have also been buoyed by the support of local businesses who have donated and delivered food so people have not had to leave their posts.

Pete Travis, one of the protest co-ordinators, said he was pleased with how the protest had gone so far and felt the community had benefited from it.

He said: 'I thought all along that we would probably have about 20 people at the most. The whole community is talking to each other and making new friends and it is really special. We are going to see what happens. In the end we will win. The children will talk about this event for the rest of their lives.'

In June, the majority of Wymondham Town Council, which owns the play park, voted to remove the new equipment from the play park after noise complaints were made by residents on Orchard Way, whose properties back on to the play park.

Other sites were suggested to the council, including opposite the current site, but a resident of Millers Close, whose property backs on to that part of the field, said they would oppose the move.

The resident, who did not want to be named, said: 'We would be absolutely furious and we would oppose it. It is simply moving the noise from them to us.'

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