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Parents slam state of Chalkey Road playground

The Argus: Parents slam state of playground Parents slam state of playground

Protesting parents and their children made a noise over the state of their playground.

Families in Mile Oak say youngsters believe there is a lack of facilities at the park in Chalkey Road.

And they are collecting signatures for a petition they hope will encourage Brighton and Hove City Council to make amendments.

Mile Oak resident Ian Downes said: “It was renovated in 2010 and it was quite unsafe. The park before was really good but now it is in a bad state. There is nothing for disabled or younger children to use and there’s no slide for bigger children, only under-twos.

“I was told the council spent about £70,000 renovating it but I can’t believe that.”

Tiffany Soanes, 39, of Graham Avenue, said around 1,200 children went to school or lived in the area and had access to the park – but some of its facilities were unsafe.

She said: “There are a few issues with safety, for example there are mounds everywhere which makes it difficult for youngsters to move around and the roundabout is raised.

“There is also a lot of empty space compared to other parks that have been renovated. It doesn’t cater for children of all ages.”

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4:46pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Dave At Home says...

First of all it is in Chalky Road, Mile Oak not Chalkey Road.

This park was fine until the Council changed it for whatever reason a few years back, since then it has been dogged with problems, who in their right mind would put a water feature in a kiddies park? Don't these Council officials ever think about children drowning????

I am sure the local Councillor Penny Gilbey will not be so vocal on it now as it should have been sorted out years ago but all the local Councillors are worried about is using the 'Local' money (from the PACA fund) for putting a cycle lane in on Chalky Road, where cyclists don't even use it.... What a shame we don't have people who are committed to the area for everyones benefit rather than working on their own agendas.
First of all it is in Chalky Road, Mile Oak not Chalkey Road. This park was fine until the Council changed it for whatever reason a few years back, since then it has been dogged with problems, who in their right mind would put a water feature in a kiddies park? Don't these Council officials ever think about children drowning???? I am sure the local Councillor Penny Gilbey will not be so vocal on it now as it should have been sorted out years ago but all the local Councillors are worried about is using the 'Local' money (from the PACA fund) for putting a cycle lane in on Chalky Road, where cyclists don't even use it.... What a shame we don't have people who are committed to the area for everyones benefit rather than working on their own agendas. Dave At Home
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9:01pm Tue 15 Apr 14

KarenT says...

Are these local residents the same folks that voted against a council tax increase?
Are these local residents the same folks that voted against a council tax increase? KarenT
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10:34pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Drive into town and use the one on the Level.
The car parks and spaces around the level are empty. Car share.
Drive into town and use the one on the Level. The car parks and spaces around the level are empty. Car share. Maxwell's Ghost
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11:13pm Tue 15 Apr 14

tykemison says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Drive into town and use the one on the Level.
The car parks and spaces around the level are empty. Car share.
I do hope that comment is tongue in cheek.This area has a huge number of children around about it even without counting the students from the local schools.The apparent"renovations
"must have been drawn up and implemented whilst any competent council workers were off and substituted with drunken chimpanzees, also, the whole of East Sussex does not revolve around central Brighton, although kitkat and his cohorts seem to believe so, we pay our taxes in mile oak to, the children deserve better.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Drive into town and use the one on the Level. The car parks and spaces around the level are empty. Car share.[/p][/quote]I do hope that comment is tongue in cheek.This area has a huge number of children around about it even without counting the students from the local schools.The apparent"renovations "must have been drawn up and implemented whilst any competent council workers were off and substituted with drunken chimpanzees, also, the whole of East Sussex does not revolve around central Brighton, although kitkat and his cohorts seem to believe so, we pay our taxes in mile oak to, the children deserve better. tykemison
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