Parents and children are campaigning to get their playground facilities a much-needed facelift.

A petition has been launched to get the swings, slides and roundabouts improved at the Mile Oak recreation ground in Portslade.

Natalie Downes, chairwoman of Mile Oak Rec 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 Garden 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.”

Gloria De Piero, shadow minister for women and equalities, visited the park with Jon Ashworth, deputy chairman of the Labour Party. Both signed the petition.

Peter Kyle, Labour parliamentary candidate for Hove, who is also supporting the campaign, said: “I’ve seen evidence that suggests other parks have had three times as much money spent on them as Mile Oak rec has. That’s not good enough and the parents have had enough.

“This is a chance to say Portslade needs to get a fair deal so please support our campaign and sign the petition so we can draw attention to this problem.”

Sign the petition at