Fears youngsters will have nowhere to go after Lickey End play area removal

By Carl Jackson Monday 15 July 2013 Updated: 15/07 10:04

PARENTS of children in Lickey End are worried their youngsters will no longer have a place to play with their friends after developers took away popular equipment and refused to replace it.

Ajit Das, from Primrose Close, said the equipment was removed more than two months ago now and residents were left in the dark as to why.

Mr Das said his two girls, four and six, used to play on it nearly everyday and could be seen from the window because it was simply over the other side of the road.

He added many other children living on the road used it and worried what would happen to the community with kids forced to go elsewhere.

“It’s a very family orientated neighbourhood, the kids are so polite and friendly, they always say hello and call me Mr Das.

“The equipment helped keep the community close.

“None of the residents were notified about it being removed.

“We all thought and hoped it was taken away to be repainted or repaired. It’s sad that its not coming back.”

The equipment is the responsibility of Taylor Wimpey which developed houses in the area.

A spokesman from the company said it was informed by Bromsgrove District Council that the equipment had been damaged.

“With adequate play facilities located nearby in Foxglove Close and Lickey End Recreation Ground, we took the decision to permanently remove the apparatus.

“We are now in the process of laying turf at the site, which will remain available for use by the local community as an area of informal open space in accordance with our planning obligations at the site.”

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