TAWD VALLEY CENTRE PLAY PARK CLOSED OVER SAFETY FEARS


TAWD VALLEY CENTRE PLAY PARK CLOSED OVER SAFETY FEARS

by Henry James (August 2022)

JUST two months after being heralded at the opening of the Tawd Valley Centre, the new play park at the location has been closed due to safety concerns and vandalism.

In June, the council said the area adjacent to the retail park had been upgraded to include “an exciting new play area in Tawd Valley Park for families to explore.”

However, the authority has now said they closed the play area to make “safety checks” in addition to addressing some early vandalism of the site.

One resident said there were bits of the roof missing at the play park, meaning children could access the top of the structure and fall.

They added that swings were not secured into the ground correctly and the slide structure was not properly secured.

They said: “There was the potential for a significant injury at the park.”

Another resident, whose husband used to be a registered playground inspector in Skelmersdale said he had carried out his own inspection and found “major issues with the park.”

She contacted West Lancashire Council and alerted parents to keep their children off the park as it was “extremely dangerous.”

She added that when they visited the park again, the council had yet to take action and “more than 20 children were still using it and there were no signs in place or tape to make the dangerous parts of it inaccessible.”

The council has now closed the facility.

A spokesperson for the borough council said: “The council, in consultation with the contractors, has closed the park due to the need to install more equipment and safety checks in addition to addressing some early vandalism of the site.

“We are working with the contractor to ensure the site remains secure during this time.”



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