Campaign to clear up ‘disgusting’ play area

A play area on Cedars Park, which was built three years ago, has turned into an eyesore. Cedars Park Residents Association President Fred Hillyer wants to find out who is responsible for the site so it can be cleared up.  Pictured: Residents Andy Lewis, Jack, 11, Edward, eight, Ben, five, and Fred Hillyer
A play area on Cedars Park, which was built three years ago, has turned into an eyesore. Cedars Park Residents Association President Fred Hillyer wants to find out who is responsible for the site so it can be cleared up. Pictured: Residents Andy Lewis, Jack, 11, Edward, eight, Ben, five, and Fred Hillyer
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RESIDENTS in Cedars Park are campaigning for a ‘disgusting’ and overgrown play area to be cleared up - as developers argue over who is responsible for the land.

According to Cedars Park Residents Association (CPRA), the play area, on Siskin Avenue, has been left untouched since it was built three years ago - and it even remains locked.

Fred Hillyer, President of the CPRA, said he has been pushing Mid Suffolk District Council, Stowmarket Town Council and developers Persimmon Homes and Crest Nicholson for the last year trying to find out who is responsible for the clear up.

He said: “The play area is disgusting.

“Nobody seems to know who is responsible and who has even got the key.

“I have spoken to local residents around there are they are all disgusted by it.

“Once it was finished it was supposed to be handed to Mid Suffolk District Council but somehow it hasn’t happened.

“At the end of the day it should be maintained and opened - it is a real eyesore.”

But a spokeswoman from Persimmon Homes said they were waiting for the play area’s freeholders Crest Nicholson to respond to the site’s transfer.

She said: “We are now waiting for Crest Nicholson to respond.

“Once the land is taken off us we have a contractor standing by to carry out any remedial work once the transfer has been completed.”

But a spokeswoman for Crest Nicholson said: “As freeholders, Crest Nicholson currently owns the land and, on receipt of final details from Persimmon Homes, the play area will be tranferred to Mid Suffolk District Council.”

Mr Hillyer said: “It sounds like passing the buck.”