Every child has the equal right to play!

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CARNOUSTIE could be left with just one playpark for every 384 children, according to figures a councillor revealed to the Guide & Gazette.

The local authority are currently carrying out an extended consultation period to gather the public’s views after a report suggested play equipment should be removed from half of their sites.

This would affect parks in Carnoustie at Ballister Park, Ravensby Road, Winter Place and Westfield Place.

Meanwhile in Monifieth, Ashludie Park West, Brook Street and Broomhill Drive are under threat.

Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd has worked out a ratio of children to each park based upon the number of primary school and nursery pupils in each of the Angus burghs.

And he says his figures show Carnoustie and Monifieth are currently the highest, with 183 children to every park in Carnoustie and 185 children to every park in Monifieth.

This is in comparison to other towns which his calculations show as: Montrose and District, 80 children; Brechin and Edzell, 81 children; Kirriemuir and Dean, 84 children; Arbroath east and Lunan, 89 children; Forfar and District, 110 children and Arbroath west and Letham, 110 children.

Councillor Boyd explained to the Guide & Gazette: “I have been working out some figures based on the number of small, council sponsored playparks.

“Now why is there such a jump when it comes to Carnoustie and Monifieth?

“Every child is born into the world equal so surely each child within Angus has the similar rights to have use of a small playpark as close to their home as the next? 

“If Carnoustie, which has the largest percentage cuts in its playparks, was to see these closures happen, the ratio would be one small play park to 384 children, which is a ridiculous figure.”

Councillor Boyd says he will be out on Carnoustie High Street on Saturday morning gauging public opinion on the issue between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

He would also welcome people’s views via email on cllrboyd@angus.gov.uk or on 07717808228.

Meanwhile, Monifieth councillor Margaret Thomson added: “I would just like to add my voice to Brian’s, why are Carnoustie and Monifieth doing so badly compared to other areas?

“Also most of the playparks which are scheduled to be closed are in more deprived areas.

“It seems ludicrous that these areas are losing the playparks.”

On Tuesday, Angus Council announced it was extending its consultation period on playparks until Friday, December 14.

People can take part by logging on to the online consultation at www.angus.gov.uk/playparks, or by collecting a paper survey from council ACCESS offices or libraries.

The council’s convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “I hope that by extending the deadline, more people will take the opportunity to give us their views.”

The authority estimate that closing 51 parks across Angus would save £31,000 annually.