December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 23, 2013
A homeowners’ group has hit out at the state of the open spaces and parks on its residential estate.
The Cedars Park Residents Association wants action on what it calls the “abysmal” level of upkeep of its recreation areas.
But Mid Suffolk District Council, which carries out the maintenance, said the areas are inspected on a weekly basis and it attends to any repairs requested.
Roger Willison-Gray, a spokesman for the association, said he wanted to talk to the council about the issue.
He said: “There’s a big problem with litter. Residents have organised litter picks and rubbish has been taken down to the tip but they were not allowed to leave it because it was called commercial waste.
“We were promised a fence to stop balls running in to the road but nothing has transpired. If the parks were in the centre of Bury St Edmunds it would not be acceptable.
“They (the council) only do anything when we make enough noise.”
He said the main play area in Cedars Park has an uneven surface which is dangerous to use. He claimed it was difficult to get answers from the council since Mid Suffolk and Babergh’s integration of services.
A spokeswoman for Mid Suffolk said: “We do maintain all of the play areas on Cedars Park although technically not all of them are our responsibility as not all areas have been formally adopted yet. As with all other play areas, we inspect and litter pick on a weekly basis and attend to any repairs needed. Play areas also have an annual ROSPA inspection to ensure that they are kept in good order.”
She said the council tries to respond to reports of litter, faulty play equipment or over-flowing bins on the same day.
Anyone who would like to report a problem can call 08456 066067.
The EADT reported recently on a man who setup the Clean Cedar’s Parks group after he was fed-up with taking his four-year-old daughter to rubbish-strewn playgrounds.