Four-year wait for play area to open up
RESIDENTS in Scunthorpe are angry that two new children's play areas are yet to open, despite work starting more than four years ago.
Two play parks, on the Lakeside Development in Scunthorpe, were planned when work started on the housing estate in August 2006.
The first residents moved in around May 2008, and said they were informed two play parks would be built by Barratt Homes. But despite both parks being completed, large metal fences surround them to stop people from entering.
Natalie Heaton moved onto the estate in June 2008. Her two children were excited to have a play park on their street, but have never been able to use it.
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"At the time we were over the moon and the children were so excited," she said.
"But since then there has been six foot fencing around them and nobody knows why they haven't been opened.
"In the mean time, people are losing out." It seems a little ironic, because there is so much emphasis on keeping youngsters off the streets, but for some reason they aren't allowed to use the park.
"The children are desperate to use them, but sadly mine have got to the age now where they have outgrown the play area. In the time since they started building the play areas, a new school has been built on the estate and is already being used by local children."
The play areas, on Lapwing Way and Kingfisher Way, have not yet been handed over to the council to be opened.
A spokesman for Barratt Homes said: "Construction work of new properties in the immediate vicinity has only recently been completed, which is the reason for the parks not being opened. The developer is now looking to progress the adoption of the roads and play area without further delay."
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman, said: "The parks on Kingfisher Way and Lapwing Way in Scunthorpe are still the responsibility of the developers.
"We haven't been contacted by them to say that the parks are complete. Once they do contact us, an inspection will be carried out to make sure that they meet safety standards and are fit for purpose."