Protest prevents removal of play equipment at Wymondham play area

Families and people from the Wymondham community protest at the play equipment being removed from Ki

Families and people from the Wymondham community protest at the play equipment being removed from Kings Head Meadow as contractors stand by. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

An army of parents, grandparents and children descended to King's Head Meadow in Wymondham to stop contractors removing play equipment from the play area

Police, councillors and the contractors watch the families and people from the Wymondham community p

Police, councillors and the contractors watch the families and people from the Wymondham community protest at the play equipment being removed from Kings Head Meadow. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The protesters blocked entrances to the playing field on Back Lane yesterday, which forced contractors and Wymondham Town Council to call the police.

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.

But parents have criticised the council's decision.


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Jo Bass, who attended the

protest with her children

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Mallory, six, and Tilly, three, said: 'I feel very passionate about it. We come to the park regularly and Mallory was particularly upset.'

Councillor Lee Hornby said: 'As a council we are just carrying out what we felt was the right decision to protect the residents. It does not comply with the guidelines in terms of the distance away from residents' properties and there was no consultation with the residents before it was put there.'

The contractors have yet to remove the equipment and parents have planned to return to the park for another protest today.

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