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"Left to rot" Falmouth play park is fenced off

"Left to rot" Falmouth play park is fenced off

Published by Emma Carton at 8:19am 24th May 2019. (Updated at 11:30am 24th May 2019)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

A mum has accused housing developer Wainhomes of a "knee-jerk reaction" after it shut down a park which she asked it to make safe.

Rowenna Brock convinced Wainhomes to carry out a health and safety check at the park at Swanvale in Falmouth after she was concerned about damage to play equipment and fencing.

But after her breakthrough she was shocked to discover that the developer had decided to fence off the play area and close it entirely.

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A Cornish play park has been fenced off following health and safety checks. Photo: Rowenna Brock

Rowenna was concerned that some of the play equipment was hazardous and safety matting and fences were broken.

After trying to contact Wainhomes and getting no response she posted photos of the damaged park on social media which prompted the developer to step in.

The company said it would carry out a health and safety check of the park but Rowenna was not expecting it to shut it down, particularly so close to the half-term school holiday next week.

She had previously said that while there was damage at the park there was not a major amount of work needed to fix the problems and she had been happy to continue to allow her son to play there under supervision.

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The checks were carried out after a mum complained Swanvale in Falmouth was 'left to rot'. Photo: Rowenna Brock

But now it has been closed off entirely and she has been left with no play area.

"Whilst as a concerned parent I am pleased that Wainhomes seem to be taking action on the playground, their knee-jerk reaction of just closing off the whole space is disappointing, especially with half-term next week coming up next week.

"I had feared that if we highlighted this issue to them that they would simply close the area off and forget about it, let's hope that isn't going to be the case".

Rowenna, Falmouth

Rowenna has also received the backing of Falmouth mayor Steve Eva, who said he "completely agreed" with her and would be chasing it up. He said he was sure that the whole town council would support him.

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Wainhomes has apologised and insists it will get the damage fixed as soon as possible. Photo: Rowenna Brock

"As a responsible housebuilder we have taken immediate action following the concerns raised last week.

"The play area has been closed pending a safety inspection, which has been scheduled for next week.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this temporary closure, however we hope residents can understand that safety is our top priority.

"Following this inspection we will aim to get any works required completed as soon as possible but in any event prior to the summer holiday".


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