Plans made to move Wymondham’s controversial King’s Head Meadow play area

Parents, children and supporters at the protest over the removal of play equipment at Kings Head Mea

Parents, children and supporters at the protest over the removal of play equipment at Kings Head Meadow, Wymondham, in August.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Controversial play equipment which sparked a week-long protest in Wymondham may be moved to the other side of King's Head Meadow.

The King's Head Meadow Working Group has decided moving the playscape equipment – installed in 2014 at a cost of £75,000 – across the meadow to the Central Hall side would be the 'most viable option'.

The working group was formed in November to resolve a deadlock between nearby residents who claimed excessive noise from youngsters at the playscape made them feel like 'prisoners in their own homes' and other community members who wanted the equipment to stay.

The group is due to present its first progress report at the next Wymondham Town Council meeting, which takes place at the Central Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

The report, published in the council meeting's agenda, said discussions with meadow tenants Wymondham Town Football Club about re-siting the equipment were underway.

Sharon Hastings, secretary of the separate KHM Playscape Group, which has been fighting to keep the equipment, said she was pleased progress had been made, but said the process was being undermined by conflicts of interest and pressure from the town council.

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She said: 'We hope sincerely that frank discussion and compromise have been the order of the day.'

Ms Hastings called on Wymondham residents to be at the council meeting. She said: 'We strongly encourage KHM group members and the people of Wymondham to attend more of the council meetings especially if this or other planning and key decisions that affect the public interest are discussed.'

Residents staged a week-long sit in at the site in August after contractors tried to remove the playscape.

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