Labour calls for much-needed improvements to Maghull playground

Labour’s candidate for Park Ward Kris Brown with parents and children who want improvements on the Roundmead Park.


Maghull Labour Action Team is calling on Maghull Town Council to improve a much used playground which very often sees 30 children queueing to play on just three items of equipment.

Labour's candidate for Park Ward Kris Brown, which encompasses Roundmead Park, said the play area is woefully inadequate for the number of children using it.

During one visit, Kris counted 30 children gathering around just three small pieces of play equipment.

The Labour campaigner said residents have contacted the Action Team calling for improvements to the park.

Kris said: "There have been lots of parents from around Roundmead who have asked for help in getting much needed improvements to the park.

"It’s clear that this is a well used park – particularly after school and during the summer periods. 

"While visiting today I counted 30 children for only three small pieces of playing equipment – the children were literally queueing up to play on the slide. 

"Sefton's Labour Group has successfully guaranteed Playbuilder scheme monies for parks around Maghull – despite opposition from Lib Dem and Tory Councillors who wanted to build elsewhere. I'm calling on Maghull Town Council to do what it is paid for and improve this area by funding much needed play equipment to be used by the area's children."

As part of the park improvements, the Labour Action Team also wants to see the playground fenced off to keep dogs out.

One child minder, Gillian Rafferty, said she was very concerned by the number of dogs wandering near the children.

Gillian said: "As well as the poor provision in the park, we are also very concerned about the number of dogs that sometimes come into the park when the children are playing.

"What we would ideally like to see is the children's area fenced off. We don't want to stop the dogs from coming into the area, but we don't want them anywhere near the children. There's often lots of dog dirt in the area near to where the children are playing which we have to clear away ourselves."

Kris backed the residents calls.

Kris said: "Clearly this is a popular spot for dog walkers to go and the vast majority of them are responsible and ensure that their dog's mess is cleared up.

"Dogs shouldn't be allowed to roam where children are playing, so it would be sensible to install a fence.

"Dog fouling can be potentially fatal for a young child should they get it on their hands or on their face, not to mention the tragedies which can occur if dogs do decide to strike.

"The residents aren't asking for much. They simply want a fun place where their children can play in safety. Maghull Town Council has an obligation to provide that for the families who live here."

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