LETTER: Child safety in the play parks

I feel I must speak up for the Eastbourne Borough Council regarding your article on the children’s play park [Herald, October 14].

l have reported the state of equipment in Roselands, Helen Gardens and Princes Park play parks and all have been dealt with promptly. Roselands, where a bolt was in danger of shearing off, was repaired the next day and at Helen Gardens climbing chains were removed because wooden anchorage points were rotting. At Princes Park, a branch on a tree the children love to climb was deemed safe on inspection.

Clearly, some of the equipment in play parks is not suitable for very young children as they have to cater for children of various ages and in the case of my great granddaughters (under three) I hold them on some as they like to go on everything!

Anyone taking children to these parks has a duty and responsibility to take care of them at all times. In the Herald article, with a picture of the little fellow crying (time to take a picture with his leg trapped?), the slats do indeed look quite wide apart. All the more reason to take extra care when going on a second time.

Ray Dorian

Wade Close

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