King’s Lynn mother calls for play area to be finished

Play area at River View Way King's Lynn'Fencing around the play area has never been installed, to separate it from the busy road'Kelly Gibson with her children, Charlie-Roy Butcher (3) and Kacey-Rose Butcher (16 months) ANL-150408-134027009

Play area at River View Way King's Lynn'Fencing around the play area has never been installed, to separate it from the busy road'Kelly Gibson with her children, Charlie-Roy Butcher (3) and Kacey-Rose Butcher (16 months) ANL-150408-134027009

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A mother is demanding a developer finish a play area to ensure the safety of children playing on a large estate in Lynn.

Kelly Gibson will not allow her young children to play in the park in Dairy Way because the safety fencing has never been installed.

Miss Gibson and her neighbours say children have been seen running out in the road in front of cars because there is no fencing there to stop them.

She is now calling on developer Persimmon to finish the job.

Miss Gibson said: “They have not finished the park and it is completely unsafe for the children to play.

“A lot of people drive slowly down there but there is always the odd person who speeds.

“It is a big concern for parents in the area.”

Miss Gibson has lived in River Way for three years with her partner Shaun Butcher.

But the pair are unable to allow their children Charlie-Roy, three, and one-year-old Kacey-Rose play in the park due to safety concerns with the site.

She said: “I can’t take my children over to the park opposite my house.

“They want to go but I can’t risk it.

“There are two railings missing close to the river so the children could quite easily misplace their footing.

“They also haven’t put safety surfacing down.

“The park is predominately filled with teenagers at the moment rather than the small children which is it made for.

“No-one uses the toddler park as people are worried about it.

“No-one is admitting ownership of the problem.”

Another resident has contacted the Lynn News to state concerns about youngsters running onto road while playing football as there was no safety fencing.

Simon McDonald, deputy managing director at Persimmon Homes East Midlands, has said the play areas have been repaired

He said: “We recently repaired all the play areas at Dairy Way in Lynn and carried out landscaping work around the site, as well as some re-surfacing.

“We are in the process of installing new railings at the play area.

“We’d be happy to talk to any residents with concerns.”