Parents storm fence to try and save Wymondham play area

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

An army of parents and grandparents have breached a fence put up by a construction company stopping them from accessing a Wymondham play park.

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

More than 100 parents, grandparents and children have again descended on King's Head Meadow for a second day of protest against the removal of play equipment from the play area.

When residents arrived at 8am to begin their protest, a fence had been put up around the park stopping access to it - it is claimed the fence was put up at 5am.

However this did not stop the children and their parents from gaining access to the park.

Many of the more than 100 people who have turned up are now enjoying using the play area and are having picnics in the grounds.

Peter Travis, 68, who lives on Damgate Street, said he was annoyed the fence had been put up but said the community would continue to fight.

'It was brilliant yesterday,' he said. 'It became a community event and party. Businesses are offering their support.

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'This is about having the community having a voice. This is the only way we can make our voices heard.'

In June, Wymondham Town Council voted to remove some of the play equipment after noise complaints from people whose houses back on to the play park.

The equipment was only installed in 2014 at a cost of £75,000 – it will be stored until a new site is found for it.

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