New equipment to be installed at three Melton Council play areas within weeks and before school holidays

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Three newly-equipped play areas in Melton should be ready for use next month, before the school holidays, to the joy of parents and children.

Melton Council’s community and social affairs committee was last night set to agree a recommendation to approve the business case to renew equipment at the play areas on The Crescent, Baldocks Lane and the Melton Country Park Visitors’ Centre.

The £65,000 cost of the new equipment will be made up of £35,000 from the council’s capital reserves and £30,000 from section 106 planning contributions provided by developers.

Back in February, as reported in the Melton Times, parents voiced their dismay after play equipment was ‘suddenly all taken away’ by the council and ‘wasn’t being immediately replaced.’

The authority explained it had removed the equipment on the grounds of the danger it posed to users and its failure to meet required health and safety standards.

A report to last night’s committee said: “The three play areas have had old and condemned play equipment either removed or disabled due to serious health and safety concerns.

“Replacement equipment has been identified following consultation with local stakeholders and users. The equipment chosen is to be supplied and installed within a few weeks upon confirmation of purchase.

The equipment will be installed professionally and will receive an inspection upon completion from a qualified inspector. From then on the sites will receive regular weekly inspections, supplemented by more in depth quarterly and annual inspections.”

l An £11,000 community-driven project to install play equipment on the Avon Road playing green, in the town’s Dorian ward, was also set to be given the green light by the committee last night.

Local residents have raised the necessary funds for the equipment they want, asking the council to pick up the project in regards to the ordering and installation process and the play area’s ongoing maintenance.