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Parent condemns “dangerous” park

Angus Council opened the West Links Play Park in October 2012, the zip slide is currently out of action while repairs are made to it.

Angus Council opened the West Links Play Park in October 2012, the zip slide is currently out of action while repairs are made to it.

 

Concerns have been raised by a member of the public over the deteriorating state of the West Links Play Park which cost half a million pounds.

The Arbroath Herald was contacted by reader Andrew Neil who was shocked by the state of disrepair of some of the equipment, despite the park only being opened in October 2012.

Mr Neil said: “I visited the park with my wife and youngest daughter and was surprised at the state it’s in considering how old it is.

“Around the bottom of the wooden building with the chutes, most of the sand has blown away and there are quite sizeable lumps of concrete showing through and some kind of mesh stuff. Some other parts of the park like the zip line have rusted up and are unusable.”

Mr Neil has a possible solution to the problem of exposed dangers at the park.

He explained: “I think the best idea would be to remove the sand from most of the park, except around the small wooden thing that was built to be used with the sand and then replace the rest of the sand with the rubber style matting which covers the rest of the park.”

He added: “My kids love going to the park but its probably more dangerous now than it ever was before.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The slide has been out of order while we make repairs.

“We are unaware of any further complaints to the condition of the equipment and would ask the member of the public to contact our ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.”

The park was opened by Angus Provost Helen Oswald and the project was carried out by Covanburn Contracts Ltd., at a cost of £490,148.58.

It is divided into an adventure play area for children aged six and older, an area with units for toddlers, and a section for all ages. Play equipment is mostly made of timber and stainless steel.

 

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