Police warn against moving Wymondham’s £75,000 playground

The play area at King's Head Meadow at Wymondham, which is close to nearby houses. Picture: DENISE B

The play area at King's Head Meadow at Wymondham, which is close to nearby houses. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

It's an issue which has split opinion and sparked a fierce debate around Wymondham.

The Kings Head Meadow play area is being relocated, many local residents want the relocation halted

The Kings Head Meadow play area is being relocated, many local residents want the relocation halted and the park to remain in place. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

And now the police have got involved in the town council's controversial plan to shift a children's playground to another part of town, just two years after it was built at a cost of £75,000.

Constable Sarah Walford from Wymondham's local policing team has spoken out against the planned move from King's Head Meadow to the Browick Road recreational ground.

She told last week's town council meeting the move would lead to an increase in antisocial behaviour as teenagers who currently used the recreational grounds would be pushed into the town centre, and the equipment would be at risk of vandalism.

PC Walford said: 'youth and tots don't mix'.


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Councillors previously voted for the move, to cost £60,000, due to concerns over excess noise disturbing residents adjoining the site.

After PC Walford's speech, deputy mayor Robert Savage and councillor Doug Underwood asked for an extraordinary meeting to re-evaluate the plans.

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But they have since taken back their request, wanting more time to think about their next options.

Mr Underwood said: 'The request has been withdrawn on the condition that it is on the agenda for our next council meeting in June.'

Mayor Joe Mooney defended the relocation plan at last month's annual parish meeting, saying it never should have been built at King's Head Meadow bordering homes in Orchard Way in the first place. Councillor Lee Hornby has also argued that moving the play area would be a good thing for families.

Mr Underwood said he had always been opposed to the plans, and said the council should listen to the police.

He said: 'I thought that we should have explored our options. There are other ways of dealing with the issue there rather than spending a huge among of money moving play equipment that doesn't need to be moved.'

He added: 'The police who came to the meeting and did a presentation was adamant that moving the play equipment to Browick Road would cause more problems than it would solve.

'It's advice that it would be foolish not to listen to.'

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