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PLAYGROUND PLEA: Kings Langley residents call for improvements to ‘lifeline’ playgrounds

 Published on: 27th April 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents in Kings Langley are speaking up in a bid to help improve the state of playgrounds in the village.

These calls come after many families noticed the relief a playground could provide throughout lockdown, with the playgrounds in the village needing a bit of TLC.

One resident Amy Carlisle said that after moving to the village from London just before the December lockdown she personally realised the benefit a playground can have.

She said: “The playground at The Nap is just a little bit neglected and I don’t think Dacorum Borough Council realise the potential of the site, so I am trying to champion a bit of investment from the council for the site.

“The playground is a hub of the village and a source of social support for mums especially during lockdown. It’s a lifeline for many people.”

Amy added that improving the playground facilities would also benefit the village as a whole bringing more people into the area.

She said: “It would just boost the village economically, as a young mum if you see that there are great playground facilities, it’s a real draw.

“It’s in the centre of the village, a five minute walk from the High Street so we are trying to drum up a bit of support from mums in the local area.”

Amy has set up a JustGiving page to help raise funds to improve the playground, which can be found here.

A spokesperson for Dacorum Borough Council said: “We are continually working to improve our parks and play areas. 

“The Nap play area was refurbished 4 years ago at a cost of £30,000. The facilities are suitable for the size of the play area given it is comparatively small with little room for development.  We have 51 play areas in the borough and we have to ensure that funding is allocated primarily based on usage, age and safety. 

“We care very much about the safety and cleanliness of our play areas so families are able to fully enjoy the facilities. All of our areas are checked at least fortnightly, and they each have an independent risk assessment carried out annually.”

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