Lydiate – Play Equipment at Ridgeway Park

My previous posting from July ’17 gives the background to this issue and is available via this link:-

At our Lydiate Parish Council meeting held on 26th September we decided to remove the top section, top floor, tube slide and carry out other alterations to this piece of play equipment whilst installing a new open stainless steel slide.

It’s rather sad to have to do this but anti-social behaviour and vandalism has bedeviled this particular piece of play equipment meaning that it will be less adventurous, when the work is completed, for the youngsters it was aimed at as originally constructed.

Lydiate – ASB and Play equipment at Ridgeway Park

Anti-social behaviour is nothing new in parks and gardens and in my experience it sporadically pops up in some play areas and then stops as it pops up elsewhere.

In my 30+ years as a councillor there’s not much I have not seen related to ASB in parks and gardens.

Lydiate’s Ridgeway Park (often called Coronation Park) presently has some issues which involve older youths abusing the play equipment intended for much younger children. The law of unintended consequences seems to come into play (no pun intended) here in that the item of play equipment concerned was meant to be a big improvement on what was there before it and indeed it is. Trouble is the play item has provided a place for inappropriate activities to take place which damages the play area and can also upset the surrounding neighbouring property owners.

At July’s Lydiate Parish Council meeting a member of the public (sorry I did not catch his name) attended to ask the Council to reconsider the play item and here’s a photo of it:-

It has suffered from vandalism in recent months and is awaiting repair (note it presently has no roof) but as a consequence of the gentleman’s representations (supported by Borough Councillor Pay O’Hanlon) the Parish Council agreed to review all options with regard to the future of this play item. This could mean a range of things from repairing it, remodeling it or possibly even replacing it.

More news when I have it.