Drowning fears at estate playground

Children's play area on Forshaw Avenue is unusuable if not dangerous due to flooding
Children's play area on Forshaw Avenue is unusuable if not dangerous due to flooding
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FEARS have been raised for the safety of children after a newly-opened community park flooded.

Residents around Grange Park on Gateside Drive – named after the estate it is on – noticed water gathering under play equipment as soon as the weather turned wintry.

Now, a huge pool of water – up to six inches deep in places – has gathered underneath its climbing frame structure.

Residents have petitioned Blackpool Council calling for swift action, fearing a child falling off the equipment could be in danger.

Town Hall chiefs have pledged to look at the problems on Monday.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “A child could die if they fell of that climbing frame.

“It’s so deep, if they banged their head, they’d have no chance.”

The park opened in October and is part of a £1.7m scheme which includes the building of 31 new homes.

Children at Boundary Primary School, Christ the King Primary and Cherwell Centre helped decide what equipment to put on the park.

But just months later, the two main pieces of equipment are submerged in water.

Park ward Coun Gillian Campbell said at the grand opening: “We’ve done a lot of work with the local community and schools.

“I’m so happy that we can all now celebrate having this wonderful park for everybody to be proud of.”

She is now furious at the state of the water on the site and has vowed to get to the bottom of the problem.

Coun Campbell said: “I can completely understand why residents are so upset about this flooding, it’s awful.

“We’ve only just completed this new park for the community and I was horrified to see how badly it has flooded.

“I’ve spoken to council officers and asked them to look for a solution as a matter of urgency. They will be visiting the site along with contractors and I’ll make sure residents will be kept informed of any work that needs to be carried out.”