'Site is not safe for play'

PUBLISHED: 02:01 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

A MUDBANK Lane resident has raised concerns for the safety of children who play in a nearby disused council care home. The NHS worker, who does not want to be identified, believes Exmouth youngsters who use the grounds of the empty county council Danby H

A MUDBANK Lane resident has raised concerns for the safety of children who play in a nearby disused council care home. The NHS worker, who does not want to be identified, believes Exmouth youngsters who use the grounds of the empty county council Danby House premises to ride their bikes and skateboards will have a serious accident because the site has become a dumping ground.He said the children regularly empty out discarded chairs, tables and wood from a skip to use as ramps to ride over.He also said vans regularly arrive at the site and empty rubbish into the skips. He said: "The skip has had no safety fence to prevent the children emptying out its contents. "Although they are at fault for creating the skateboard and bike ramps, I am sure if one of them has a serious accident, and I have seen a few near misses, they will sue the council for not removing the rubbish to prevent an accident. "With the new interest from the children in the Danby House site there has also been a lot of vandalism to the building.""Exe Bank, which is joined to the Danby House site, now has more rubbish than hedge showing in the boundary divide." Devon County Council said it was aware of the problem and last week spoke to the contractor responsible for the skip. "The problem has been caused by children pulling items out of a skip left on site by a contractor," said a spokesman. "We have spoken to the contractor and been assured the skip and the rubbish are being removed.

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