After three summers looking forlornly at other youngsters enjoying the lovely play equipment at Lydiard Park, children with disabilities now have a roundabout accessible to wheelchairs.
Coun Keith Williams, Swindon Council’s cabinet member for leisure services, welcomed youngsters from Uplands Special School in mid-March to try it out. “I know it’s taken a bit of time to arrive, but I’m delighted the roundabout is here in time for the Easter and summer holidays. Children of all abilities can now have fun together.”
Rachel Reid from The Prinnels, who with Uplands teacher Lorna Breslin, first spoke about the need for accessible equipment at Swindon Council’s cabinet in 2007, said, “it’s brilliant to see the roundabout in place and in use. I think our campaign has brought about a new understanding for inclusive play within the council.”
Coun Williams agreed and said he was pressing for similar equipment to be installed at other strategic locations in the town. “We need to give families the chance to enjoy Swindon’s outdoors together.”
Pictured, children from Uplands School taking a turn on the new roundabout at Lydiard Park with help from Keith Williams, and from left, Lorna Breslin, Trish Evans, Carol Callcut, Rachel Reid.