Campaigners want cash spent on Mile Oak recreation ground

Anger over Mile Oak Recreation Ground in Portslade

Anger over Mile Oak Recreation Ground in Portslade

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A “FORGOTTEN” playground needs urgent improvements, residents claim.

Campaigners say Mile Oak Recreation Ground in Portslade has received a fraction of the funding received by similar sites in the city.

Council officials said they have invested equally in the playground but other sites may have benefitted from funding not available at Mile Oak.

Residents, who have handed out more than 4,000 leaflets to gather support, are asking for more equipment and regular maintenance.

A petition calling for improvements has almost 300 signatures of support.

Natalie Downes, chairwoman of Mile Oak Recreation Action Group, said: “We see investment in the parks and recs in central Hove and Brighton, but it feels like Mile Oak is ignored.

“Facilities for families in places like Patcham and St Anne’s Well Gardens are amazing and have received far more money.

“If the council think it’s ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’ for Mile Oak then we want them to know that’s not true.”

Peter Kyle, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Hove, said: “I have every reason to believe that the council is spending up to three times more in similar sized play parks in other parts of town and residents here in Mile Oak have had enough.

“I have also written to Jason Kitcat, Green council leader, inviting him to the park and asking him to comment on the fact that the Mile Oak Rec is disproportionately underfunded.”

A Brighton and Hove City council spokeswoman said the Mile Oak play equipment was upgraded in 2010 as part of the Playbuilder project, receiving similar levels of funding to other play areas of around £50,000.

She said other areas were also able to spend section 106 money made available from local building projects.

She said: “Before being upgraded, the play area was very run down with equipment which was beyond economic repair which meant the basic costs were higher.

“Approximately 12 months after the main work was carried out further funds were found to install additional play equipment for younger children.

“The maintenance regime is the same as most other play areas in the city.

“There are no immediate plans for further improvement works.”

To sign the petition visit www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/brighton-and-hove-city-council-improve-the-equipment-and-safety-of-mile-oak-park.

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7:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

I totally agree with this. Portslade always seems to get a raw deal when it comes to maintaining/upgradin
g play equipment. I visited the play park at Victoria Recreation ground the other day and it is now an absolute disgrace. Everything is falling apart. Parks in more affluent parts of the City (mine included) definitely get a better deal. Not sure if it's more pushy parents, or more pushy Councillors, but it's definitely true. The play area in Blakers Park for example seems to have a never-ending cycle of maintenance/upgradin
g. You never see that happening in less wealthy areas.
I totally agree with this. Portslade always seems to get a raw deal when it comes to maintaining/upgradin g play equipment. I visited the play park at Victoria Recreation ground the other day and it is now an absolute disgrace. Everything is falling apart. Parks in more affluent parts of the City (mine included) definitely get a better deal. Not sure if it's more pushy parents, or more pushy Councillors, but it's definitely true. The play area in Blakers Park for example seems to have a never-ending cycle of maintenance/upgradin g. You never see that happening in less wealthy areas. Quiterie
  • Score: 10

9:48pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

You are right about the less wealthy areas being left out. Wild Park in Moulsecoomb has been inundated with travellers for the past few years and despite pleas for immediate action to move them on, it fails to happen. The council has often opened the gates for them to arrive.
I cannot imagine this would happen on The Level or in other parks where there are Green voters or a PR photoshoot on offer.
The neglect of the poorer areas has been evident under the current council. This council even spent a few thousand quid on a light up bus time table for the people of Preston Park, one of the wealthiest areas of the city.
You are right about the less wealthy areas being left out. Wild Park in Moulsecoomb has been inundated with travellers for the past few years and despite pleas for immediate action to move them on, it fails to happen. The council has often opened the gates for them to arrive. I cannot imagine this would happen on The Level or in other parks where there are Green voters or a PR photoshoot on offer. The neglect of the poorer areas has been evident under the current council. This council even spent a few thousand quid on a light up bus time table for the people of Preston Park, one of the wealthiest areas of the city. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 4

11:30pm Tue 5 Aug 14

quackbarkmeow says...

As a resident in portslade the equipment previously could of been refurbished itself and not taken away to leave us with such a dismal looking park which is certainly unequipped for such a large community such as ours....even the flower beds that were previously in the gardens are no longer there which the elderly residents used to love to sit amongst on the benches in the gardens...I think regarding parks all areas should be treated and maintained fairly as it is the children and the community that suffers...boredom creates crime and vandalism and boredom creates obesity and health problems in which England in itself as a crisis with at the moment so I believe this is a poor excuse by brighton and hove city council we all pay our way and deserve to be treated equally and no predjudism should be allowed..money is a very poor poor excuse
As a resident in portslade the equipment previously could of been refurbished itself and not taken away to leave us with such a dismal looking park which is certainly unequipped for such a large community such as ours....even the flower beds that were previously in the gardens are no longer there which the elderly residents used to love to sit amongst on the benches in the gardens...I think regarding parks all areas should be treated and maintained fairly as it is the children and the community that suffers...boredom creates crime and vandalism and boredom creates obesity and health problems in which England in itself as a crisis with at the moment so I believe this is a poor excuse by brighton and hove city council we all pay our way and deserve to be treated equally and no predjudism should be allowed..money is a very poor poor excuse quackbarkmeow
  • Score: 3

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