A mum from Boldmere recently wrote to us expressing her disappointment over the lack of progress toward the development of a local play area. This is what she had to say:
When the new Sutton Town Council formed, I was full of hope that Boldmere would benefit from the precept money that would be spent on improving local services.
The community in Boldmere lacks a play area within walking distance from the high street (for little legs and feet). I did take my eldest daughter as a toddler to Boldmere Gate at the park as a toddler a couple of times, but the dog fouling made it a very unpleasant experience as a toddler, a football and dog poo make a dreadful combination. There were two things that I wanted the Town Council to deliver for the community- somewhere for children to play, and some dog fouling bins to create a safe environment for children and a nicer environment for all park users.
Over a year ago there was a publicly funded consultation (paid for with our precept) where the community was asked where a new play area should go? A massive majority thought that Boldmere Gate was a better location than Mossy Bank, which has no toilets (essential for young children) no parking and let’s face it – it’s a bit out of the way be overcrowded after school as hundreds of children queue for a few pieces of play equipment.
So having made our choice we waited with excitement for work to begin… but it hasn’t! Nothing has been done to provide a much-needed play area for our children! When the results of the consultation were published the Conservative Councillor’s decided it would need a long-term strategy to deliver it! It has been over a year and they haven’t developed one!
They said there needed to be a pedestrian crossing, they have done nothing to progress this either!
They said it needed new infrastructure, however none of these issues matter when hosting a concert in the same location as the proposed play area for 10,000 people (many of which are children) in one weekend.
I feel let down by the Town Council, I like many other parents just want somewhere for my daughters to play!
Mrs Rebecca Clarke