It’s emerged that several families – with children enjoying the last sunny day of the half-term holidays – had to turn back from Penarth’s Cliff Walk children’s playground yesterday when they found that all the equipment in children’s playground had been removed.
One family – with three young children in a people-carrier – were astonished when they arrived to find that every item of playground equipment had been dismantled and that even the grass surface had been removed – leaving the former play area as just bare earth
All the equipment , slides, and climbing frames in the Cliff Walk playground has been now taken away and scrapped – even though local residents say it had years of life left in it .
Another parent asked – if contractors absolutely had to work on the playground why had they not waited until after the half term holidays to do the work, rather than deprive children of somewhere to play during the holidays?
The play area at Cliff Walk is to being renovated and all-new equipment is being installed here at and at other play areas in Penarth by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – the members of which are all facing re-election in May.
By coincidence however the two Conservative candidates for Penarth’s Plymouth Ward, Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer, had both posed for election publicity photographs at the Old Pens children ‘s playground just days before the play equipment was due to be uprooted and hauled away as scrap.
Ben Gray and Kathryn McCaffer (who is the daughter of Cllr Martin Turner and Cornerswell Conservative candidate Mrs Dorothy Turner) both say in their election literature “Labour councillors have been promising the community better play parks for the past five years. Ben and Kathryn think it’s time to get on with the job ”
It appears however that the Labour Party, by pressing ahead with the work at now – at Half Term – has succeeded in stealing a march on the Conservative party and making their election literature out of date – even though the move has left Penarth’s 2-12 year-olds with nowhere to play.
Some local residents claim the Vale’s playground renewal schemes (which had to be amended at the last-minute as insufficient provision had been made for disabled children) are being carried out now in the hope that the scheme will earn brownie points for the council’s controlling Labour Party by the time the polling day comes around on May 4th.