Children need a safe play area

PUBLISHED: 11:46 13 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

In response to your article of December 4, regarding the Norman Crescent play area, I would like to welcome councillor Steve Hall's and EDDC's involvement in determining what all residents' opinions actually are on this matter. I am concerned that a smal

In response to your article of December 4, regarding the Norman Crescent play area, I would like to welcome councillor Steve Hall's and EDDC's involvement in determining what all residents' opinions actually are on this matter. I am concerned that a small group of residents would want to use money that was earmarked for children's play facilities to be used instead on landscape gardening or, even worse, to let the money be returned to the developers rather than install playground equipment. It seems strange that some residents would worry about a play park attracting children to the road when this is a family residential area near the school - the children are already here! There are many children living in and around Norman Crescent who would really benefit from a play park in close proximity to their homes. Most properties in this area have very small gardens and children need good, safe communal play areas to make up for this. There is indeed a play park on Greenway Lane but it is further away than many parents would let primary age children play and going to it involves crossing Greenway Lane which has already been highlighted by parents as being a dangerous road for children due to the cars parked on both sides and the speed of traffic. Parents and children alike will surely welcome a play area on this side of Greenway Lane. Of course, nobody would want playground equipment to be intrusive for the people living next to the play area but, as it is a large piece of land, I am sure the playground can be kept well away from everybody's windows. There was an acknowledged need for a children's play area in this development at the planning stage and I look forward to seeing these plans put into action.Erica Evans,Norman Crescent,Budleigh Salterton.


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