Consultation ends on park closures

Some of the parents and children who turned out at Broomhill Park, Monifieth, to protest against park closures.

Some of the parents and children who turned out at Broomhill Park, Monifieth, to protest against park closures.

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THE CONSULTATION period on Angus Council’s controversial plan to axe playparks ends today (Friday).

If the proposal were to go ahead, 13 play areas in Arbroath alone could see equipment removed, while a further four in Carnoustie and three in Monifieth are also under threat.

It is said that Angus Council would save over £30,000 a year in maintenance and repairs if parks were closed.

Concerned parents have already staged peaceful protests at parks across Angus with events taking place at Westfield Place park in Carnoustie and Broomhill Park in Monifieth.

And now the Angus Labour Party has urged the authority to halt the closure proposals.

Chairman John Ruddy said: “We believe that having easily accessible play areas right across Angus is vital for the future of our children. Every child deserves to have a play area within safe walking distance of their home.

“The savings to be made – roughly a tenth of one per cent of the budget of the neighbourhood services department – are so small that other ways of achieving them could and should be found.”

While Labour councillor for Monifieth and Sidlaw Margaret Thomson added: “I’ve been contacted by a lot of parents, and this is a very concerning issue. We must all work together to raise awareness of these closures, and ensure that the SNP administration takes note of people’s views.”