Sit-in as council says trampoline must go

Rowan Close residents put up a trampoline 2 years ago on the green, council now want it taken away. ''FL; Kids have staged a sit-in today.
Rowan Close residents put up a trampoline 2 years ago on the green, council now want it taken away. ''FL; Kids have staged a sit-in today.

A street’s residents have joined forces to protest against a council’s plans to remove a communal trampoline it feels is an insurance risk.

Parents and children in Rowan Close, Thetford, staged a sit-in yesterday as a backlash against Breckland Council’s plans to remove the equipment, which has been in place on a council green for two years.

Residents say no children have been hurt on the trampoline since it was put in place.

Despite that, officers are expected to remove it on Monday with police being called to the protest yesterday to warn residents that the trampoline must go.

Bonnie Whelpley, 30, mother of three, said residents were ‘up in arms’ about the council’s response.

“Our kids can’t go to the park on their own as they’re too young so we got them the trampoline to give them somewhere to play.

“We’ve never had a single accident and now they are saying it’s a risk,” she said.

Mrs Whelpley added that she thought the council had moved in after other residents had complained.

“There’s 28 houses in this street and it seems like one or two have complained and now it doesn’t matter what we think,” she said.

A spokesman for Breckland said the trampoline was on its land and would have to be removed.

“We have contacted the person whom we believe to be the owner and have asked them to remove it.

“If it is not removed we will take further action to remove it as it is on land owned by Breckland Council and it is not covered by our insurance,” she said.

Breckland has recently come under fire for the poor condition of the play areas that it manages in Thetford.

Cllr Terry Jermy, Breckland councillor for Saxon Ward, within which Rowan Close lies, said although the council were within their rights to remove the trampoline, it showed the need for improved facilities.

“It demonstrates that we need some decent play equipment in Thetford,” he said.