Parents in Chorleywood expressed their concerns over the dismantlement of the entrance gate at The Swillet Play Area, as they fear children will be left unsafe.
A council spokesperson, speaking to ChorleywoodNews addressed residents’ concerns saying the gate originally in place on the track off Heronsgate Road was not a pedestrian safety gate.
It allowed access for the council’s grounds maintenance vehicles and it was used to prevent access from unauthorised vehicles.
The council spokesperson said: “The Swillet play area is fenced and allows children to play safely and freely. The entrance to the play area and playing fields is further along the track, some distance from Heronsgate Road. Parents are responsible for their children at all times both in the play area and when exiting into the street.
“A mobility access gate was initially installed alongside the vehicle gate after the council received a request from a local resident with mobility issues.
“Meanwhile, the vehicle access gate was damaged and the decision was taken to remove it and instead install bollards, making the site fully accessible for anyone with mobility issues. This meant the mobility gate was no longer needed so it has been removed and will be used at another location in the district.”
The council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant there was some delay in completing these works.