New report will help inform decision on future of Wymondham play area

Derek Ward at the Kings Head Meadow playground removal protest, Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Derek Ward at the Kings Head Meadow playground removal protest, Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A decision on whether to move a controversial set of play equipment will be discussed by a town council tomorrow.

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

In August Wymondham Town Council voted to remove the equipment at Kings Head Meadow, despite public protests and objections from residents and councillors.

The £75,000 play equipment, which was installed in 2014, was due to be moved to Browick Road - at an estimated cost of £60,000.

Norfolk County Council was commissioned to help decide the future of the play equipment, which it was agreed would not be moved during the consultation period.

Its resulting report said there was not 'one single solution that will resolve all concerns' and those involved on both sides must be 'willing to compromise' to move forward.


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The play area's location caused clashes between parents whose children made use of the equipment and nearby residents, who complained about noise and disruption.

In its report the county council said it was balancing the need for an 'accessible playground in the town centre' while avoiding the 'current conflict between those living next to it and those of the wider community who use the facility'.

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In total 279 children aged six to 17 were spoken to as part of the consultation.

One commented: 'The adults need to respect the fact that it is not every youth who creates trouble for the citizens who live around Kings Head Meadow.'

Another said it would 'not be fair on the good guys' if the park were to close due to a minority of noisy users.

They suggested that the play equipment should be better monitored.

The report also noted there was 'intergenerational support for the playground'.

The final decision will be made by Wymondham Town Council.

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