Working group for Wymondham’s King’s Head Meadow play scape is named

Children at the protest over the removal of play equipment at King's Head Meadow, Wymondham, in Augu

Children at the protest over the removal of play equipment at King's Head Meadow, Wymondham, in August. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Four town councillors and six others have been chosen to form a new King's Head Meadow play scape working party.

The group is intended to find a way forward for the play scape after a public protest foiled council plans to remove some of its equipment because of noise complaints.

Councillors Lee Hornby, Doug Underwood, Tony Holden and Julian Halls will be part of the group along with community representatives Pete Green, David Roberts, Nick Ringer. Ian Flatt, Crispin Hill and Anthony Miller will also be in the group representing the residents of Orchard Way, which backs onto the play area.

The group's first meeting is now being planned.

A statement on the town council's website said the meetings would be closed and secret.

It read: 'The meetings of the working party are not open to the public or the press. All members of the group are asked not to make comment to the press on the activity of the working group.'

The group will provide an update on its progress at the January meeting of the full town council.

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A parallel working group for young people is being also being set up and Deborah Lee, outreach practitioner from the South Norfolk Early Help Family Focus Team, is organising this.

The play scape equipment was installed on the site of an existing playground in 2014 at a cost of £75,000. But the council voted to remove the new pieces earlier this year in response to nearby residents' complaints over noise and anti-social behaviour.

But when contractors moved in to remove the play scape, other Wymondham residents stopped them from accessing the site, and Norfolk County Council stepped in to mediate the dispute.

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