Grandfather Barrie Brocks of Grange Park is concerned for the safety of children by the amount of broken glass in the play park on Camden Close.
“My daughter Katie likes to take her young children to the park but has had to stop because the shards of glass everywhere make it dangerous.
“Children want to run around as soon as they get out of their buggies, but the last time I went down there I had to go round picking up the glass before I could let them out to play.”
The park is very popular with young families as it is the only one in the area with a slide but Barrie said the slide looks as if it has been used as a bottle throwing target because it is surrounded by broken glass.
“I think the council should keep an eye on it and the perpetrators ought to be more considerate and think of the other park users,” said Barrie.
He would also like to see a litter bin in the park, although Councillor Nick Martin, cabinet member for open spaces, said the lack of provision is for good reason. “We don’t have bins in play parks because they contain a source of ammunition and are targets for arson and vandalism".
“It’s a sad world we live in when people will set fire to bins and smash bottles in play parks, making them unusable for others".
“The council makes regular inspections of play parks in the area but we look for the support of parents and carers to let us know of any problems. When we are notified we can take the necessary steps to get the glass cleared away.”
To report problems in any borough run play park, call StreetSmart on 445501.
Pictured: Barrie holding up glass at the Camden Close with his daughter Katie and grandchildren Amee and Dylan