Mildenhall's Douglas Park play area closed off after inspection finds it below safety standard
A popular children’s play area in Mildenhall will be closed until the summer holidays after inspectors deemed it unsafe.
A grandmother has voiced her annoyance that the apparatus for younger children (aged up to six) in Douglas Park, off Comet Way, has been locked off.
Councillor Ruth Bowman, chairman of Mildenhall Parish Council, said: “There are two play areas and unfortunately the much smaller one for younger children has been closed after an inspection which found we need to do some urgent repair work.
“There are some wooden elements that need to be replaced for it to reach a safety standard. It is going to be closed for a short while and (the job) is going out to tender as soon as possible.
“It is not the only park in town and we hope to sort it before the summer holidays. It’s very disappointing (this has to happen) but we have to put safety first.”
The larger play area for older children will also be repaired, but it is understood this can be cordoned off one section at a time to prevent a complete closure.
Councillor Bowman, who also represents Market ward on Forest Heath District Council – the authority responsible for the apparatus – said equipment is checked weekly and yearly.
Mildenhall grandmother of four Yvette Head shared a picture of her granddaughter Sloane, two, next to the locked gate on Facebook.
She said: “I have always taken my grandchildren to this park ever since my nine-year-old grandson was a one. So when I saw that the little ones’ park was going to be locked for quite a few months I saw red.
“When I thought it was open and walked my granddaughter over to the gate she was visibly upset, and she is not the sort of kid to cry.
“I now have to take her in my car to the park at West Row, which is a credit to the village.”
She added: “The council has been in contact with me and promised the park is going to receive an overhaul in time for the summer holiday. I will believe it when I see it.”