Plagued park remains closed

South Side Lane middleton playground closed and patrolled by PCSO's due to anti social behaviour by kids council and residents meet to'''Wk 12 MPMC

South Side Lane middleton playground closed and patrolled by PCSO's due to anti social behaviour by kids council and residents meet to'''Wk 12 MPMC

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PLANS to move a play area in Middleton are still in the pipeline, despite the park being closed for nearly a year.

The area near Southside Lane has been locked up by the council after residents complained about the level of anti-social behaviour associated with the park.

South Side Lane middleton playground closed and patrolled by PCSO's due to anti social behaviour by kids council and residents meet to'''Wk 12 MPMC

South Side Lane middleton playground closed and patrolled by PCSO's due to anti social behaviour by kids council and residents meet to'''Wk 12 MPMC

In March last year, police stood guard around the area to ensure young people were not using it and have been called out regularly since to prevent any further use.

After consulting with residents, the council agreed to move the park to a more appropriate area.

However, no progress has been made to date and those living near the park are beginning to wonder whether it will ever happen.

One resident said: “I’m not against a park, but it was built in the wrong area. It was never supposed to be here.

“There is an awful lot of money invested in that play equipment and it is just going to waste left abandoned as it is now.

“For now, the young people have gone to the skate park in Broughton, but I wouldn’t let my children go there after what we saw here.

“I have been in contact with the council and we want to know what is going on. It has been dragging on for so long now, we’re beginning to wonder whether anything will happen at all.”

But the council has assured residents that plans are still afoot to move the play area and are in talks with developers Crest to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. It maintained, however, that the park would remain closed until further notice.

A council spokesman said: “We are in close contact with the developer Crest Nicholson over this site, and have been pushing for a decision from them for some time as to what they want to do with it.

“We understand from Crest Nicholson that they are working through proposals from local residents for this area, to help them decide whether of not they will be putting in a planning application to redevelop the site.

“In tandem, the council is also preparing plans to decide what to do with the site, following any future adoption of it from Crest, should it decide not to make an application.

“The Cabinet took this decision in September to undertake these two actions in parallel, to reduce any time delay should Crest decide not to submit a planning application. So we are doing all that we can.

“We can confirm that, until such time as Crest Nicholson have made a decision one way or another, that this area will remain closed.”