Builders criticised for silence over commitment to reinstate play park

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Mark Young with his son at the site where Bellway removed the play park.
Mark Young with his son at the site where Bellway removed the play park.
3 July 2017 3:18PM

PRUDHOE councillors are calling on two developers to honour their commitment to reinstate a play park they dismantled.

In November last year, the children’s play park at Castlefields estate was suddenly removed by contractors from landowner Bellway Homes.

Bellway said it had already fulfilled its obligation by creating the play area several years ago, which was adopted by the then Tynedale District Council. However since then, Northumberland Council has not adopted any open space.

Bellway said the equipment was removed, following discussions with Northumberland County Council, after it was found to be unsafe.

In the wake of a public backlash, both Bellway Homes and second developer Persimmon Homes agreed in principle to support its reinstatement.

And in March, a deal appeared to have been reached, with the developers agreeing re-instate the play park on condition that Prudhoe Town Council adopted the facility afterwards.

However, at last week’s town council meeting, chairman Coun. Gerry Price said that neither developer had been in touch since March. It was agreed to contact Northumberland County Council for its support to contact both developers to confirm their intentions regarding the play park.

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