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Popular Penzance Play Equipment Facing Uncertain Future

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8:01am 19th May 2013

A wooden ship played on by hundreds of youngsters in Penzance could be scrapped because it is too popular.

The Council says the equipment at Alexandra Park on the promenade needs safety repairs after years of heavy use.

But officials say they might not be able to pay for the work.

Local mum Margaret Donahue says it would be a big loss: "I just think it's really sad, because my son plays on that boat. Most weekends we come down as a family day out. No, I don't think they should take it away. All they need to do surely, is to maintain the park and just keep the ship there for the children to enjoy."

Mum Natalie Peter, also from Penzance, said: "We come down here specifically for him to play on this, it's his favourite thing so it'd be very sad if it did go.

For them to build things in the first place in parks, they should be expecting things to break and need repairs so yeah, if they put it here in the first place they should stump up the cash to get stuff fixed."

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council, said:

"We have sought and received a second opinion from a health and safety expert. The conclusion is that there are significant works required and that the item is perishing extensively from the underside. It is likely to remain a very expensive piece of equipment to keep in use.  

"We have requested that the specialist maintenance team provide a detailed cost, at which time we will be consulting stakeholders to decide if and how these costs will be met."

8:01am 19th May 2013

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