Labour Close Children’s Playground For Easter

From Spencer Drury, PPC for Greenwich & Woolwich

Conservatives in Woolwich are questioning Greenwich Council’s decision to close a popular children’s adventure playground for Easter.

The Plumstead Adventure Centre has a sign on the gate which says it is only open between 11.30am and 7pm when a member of staff is present. As Easter approaches, the time when many young people will want to use this facility, the Council have decided to close it completely from Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive)

On top of this, the Greenwich Council website, claims the playground, on Plumstead Common, should be open from 10am to 5pm during the school holidays.

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, Cllr Spencer Drury, who took his daughter to the playground at 10.10am and found it was closed, said “I think it is quite ridiculous that the playground is closed during the school holidays. It would also be nice if Labour could talk to the people who staff the playground so at least they are advertising the right times. It is typical of this Council that they pick one of the busiest times of the year to close this facility and stop children from having a safe environment to enjoy their holidays.”

Local resident John Nichols, 19, who lives in Woolwich and played at the centre as a child, said “I used to enjoy playing here as a boy. I think to deprive kids in this area of the ability to use it over the bank holiday weekend is daft. I also think the fact that even when a member of staff is there, it still doesn’t open till 11.30am, reflects the lack of effort being made by the council for the youngsters in this area.”

UPDATE:  (9th April 2009 4.30pm) - I have just been informed by a journalist that the Council has changed the opening times to allow the Adventure Centre to open on Saturday and Tuesday this weekend.  A (small) victory for comon sense I think, although obviously the opening hours should be longer and it should be open the rest of the time too, but this is an improvement.