Official opening date for controversial �1m Wisbech playground

A controversial �1m play area in the Fens, which is claimed will make life a 'living hell' for nearby residents, will be officially opened next month.

The last piece of play equipment has been installed at the Waterlees playground in Wisbech and now preparations are under way for the official launch on May 7.

The climbing frame posts at the play area will allow children using the site to attach decks and side panels to make platforms and dens.

The equipment also has a series of climbing nets and rope walkways that can all be adjusted and moved by the children as part of their play.

It is believed that this 'self-build' area is the first of its kind in the world but the decks, sides and nets will only be made available to use during staffed sessions.

They join two massive barges and a host of other facilities at the playground which has delighted many of the area's children.

The playground has, however, been plagued by a number of problems since it started being built last summer with the two 65-foot barges being attacked days after they were installed causing thousands of pounds of damage.

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Angry residents have claimed that their lives have been made a misery since the playground has been built suggesting that drunken youths have 'taken it over'.

A national media storm also arose after Insp Andy Sullivan told councillors that the park had become a 'no-go' area for his staff after dark.

But he later moved to clarify his position claiming his comments were taken 'completely out of context' before adding officers wll 'always' police all parts of Wisbech and respond positively to local policing needs.

The opening event will begin at 12pm and finish at 4pm on May 7. For more information about the playground visit www.wisbechadventureplay.net