Families turn out against playpark closures

Children, parents and councillors at the Westfield playpark on Friday morning protesting about its possible closeure.

Children, parents and councillors at the Westfield playpark on Friday morning protesting about its possible closeure.

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ANGRY parents came out today (Friday) to protest in support of a campaign which aims to halt the controversial Angus playpark closures.

Parents, grandparents, children and councillors rallied in Carnoustie and Monifieth to vent their frustration at Angus Council’s plan to close seven parks in the two burghs with a total of 51 in Angus as a whole under threat.

Carnoustie grandfather of five George Murphy is upset at the loss of what he believes is more than just a place for kids to play, but a community focal point.

He explained: “We use the playparks as a meeting point for new people coming into the town and who bring in their kids to play.

“Childminders use this, kids come here before and after school to use it. This is a community hub, it’s where all the kids play at.

“The fact that people have come out to actually be here on a bitterly cold morning is a very good indicator of the strength of feeling.”

Pick up a copy of the Guide & Gazette on Friday to read the full story. In the meantime tell us what you think of the playpark consultation. Is it an unnecessary cost-cutting measure? Can cuts be better made elsewhere? Will you be affected? Tweet us at @heraldjohnston or email arbroath.herald.jnscotland.co.uk.