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Government scraps eleven new playgrounds in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:11 16 August 2010

Councillor Colin Smith blames the playground cuts on the previous Labour Government writing cheques which they had no means to honour.

Councillor Colin Smith blames the playground cuts on the previous Labour Government writing cheques which they had no means to honour.

London Borough of Bromley

Parents have criticised a Government decision to scrap plans for 11 new playgrounds in the borough.

Parents have criticised a Government decision to scrap plans for 11 new playgrounds in the borough.

As part of the Playbuilder scheme set up by the Labour Government, £1.1million was earmarked to revamp Bromley’s ageing provision of children’s play areas, and plans for 22 sites were drawn up.

But last week schools minister Michael Gove announced he was freezing the scheme, meaning that 11 playgrounds not yet started in the Borough will be shelved.

The decision has been met with dismay by parents and youth leaders who feel that spending on play facilities to get youngsters outside should be protected from the drastic spending cuts.

Amanda Benningfield, from Petts Wood, is a former leader of Active Kids sessions which encouraged children in Bromley to get active. She said: “We need new playgrounds to encourage children to go outside and be active from a young age instead of spending money on new leisure centres which can be inaccessible. It’s more about being creative and individual with active play.”

Bromley Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Colin Smith, said: “It’s obviously extremely disappointing to have raised false expectations, but in the final analysis this is the consequence of the previous Government writing cheques they had no means of honouring.

“The Council’s priority has to be to protect vital front line services caring for the Borough’s genuinely vulnerable residents.”

For the full story and a list of the schemes affected, pick up your copy of the Bromley Times from this Thursday (August 19).

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