12th Aug, 2020

Councillor wants more inspections after 'dangerous' equipment at Rubery play area

A RUBERY councillor has hit out at the district council after he said a climbing rope on Brook Road play area was left in a dangerous position.

Coun McDonald was contacted by a parent about the rope which had been left with wires hanging out.

He said it could have led to a serious injury.

“As her child was about to grab the climbing rope she noticed the wires poking out and just stopped her child in time from being severely injured.

“I have not only asked for it to be repaired immediately but more importantly why this was missed when inspected?

“It is obvious that this play area needs to be inspected more frequently.”

He claimed the council had failed in its duty of care and called for inspections to be carried out more regularly.

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said the authority regularly visited play areas whether it was part of its maintenance schedule or routine visits by the parks team.

“It is impossible to be there 24/7 and we do rely on members of the public to report any concerns to us so we can act immediately, as we did with the rope swing in Brook Road.”

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