Wymondham play area which cost £75,000 to build in 2014 could be removed already at cost of £60,000
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A £75,000 play area in Wymondham which sparked a noise row when it was built just 15 months ago could be removed and relocated - to the tune of another £60,000 because of complaints about noisy children.
As reported at the time, when the playscape on King's Head Meadow was finished in September 2014, neighbours overlooking the park complained that noisy children and teenagers were becoming a headache - something parents branded 'pathetic'.
Wymondham Town Council pledged to look into the matter - and a proposal has now been put forward to scale down the area, by moving six pieces of equipment and a picnic bench to Browick Road.
Councillors will discuss the proposal, put forward by councillor Lee Hornby and seconded by councillor Peter Broome, at full council meeting on Tuesday night.
In the agenda, the council says: 'We believe that the above proposals will allow the affected residents to enjoy their gardens and conservatories once again, and go a long way to reducing the anti-social behaviour that is taking place by older youths late into the night and early hours of the morning.'
A budget of £60,000 has been made available from the council's reserves.
In letter to town councillors, Adrian Nichols, community protection team leader at South Norfolk Council, also says the area could expose the council to a legal challenge from frustrated residents.
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The email says: 'Given the significant noise impact that is being caused and the potential for legal action against you, we would strongly advise the town council to take action to address this situation.'
He adds the 'reinstatement of the play area to its former scale and location' should deal with the matter.
The district council says investigations found that those living nearby were disturbed by the noise of screaming children and teenagers using the area during the evening and night time. They also found that complaints had been made to the police over the loss of privacy and damage to fencing.
A spinning swing will be moved from Kett's Park to the meadow, while a High Five unit currently on the meadow will be moved to Kett's Park.
See tomorrow's paper for more.
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