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Preston mum says Waverley Park is ‘deprived’ despite recent £25k boost

Posted on - 2nd May, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Kid's stuff, Parks, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton, St Matthews
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The mum says she’s upset at the lack of play equipment at Waverley Park

A Preston mum has expressed disappointment at what she says is a lack of investment in Waverley Park.

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The mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she would like to see more litter bins and play equipment at the site, which is better known as Ribbleton Park.

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She said: “I see a lot of parks in Preston have all had money put into them and it just makes me feel upset that they deprive the children of decent play equipment. You can see parks in Bamber Bridge and Avenham have all had decent play equipment added.

“I really think it would benefit some of the children round here giving everyone equal opportunity. It kind of feels like we are being treated as a second class citizens due to postcode.

“There are three measly pieces of equipment on this park and nothing gets repaired once broken, but they cut the bowling green which isn’t in use!”

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Waverley Park recently had a £25,000 investment

However, Preston City Council said that they have recently invested £25,000 into Waverley Park.

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Ally Brown, Director of Communities and Environment at Preston City Council, said: “Parks and green spaces are vital for our happiness and wellbeing and are important places for families and friends to spend time together. We have been working hard to make improvements to these spaces so they can be enjoyed by everyone.

“Following consultation with residents we have recently invested £25,000 into Waverley Park to make it a safer space for everyone with better lighting, upgrades to CCTV and improvements to play equipment including the games area.

“We are keen to further improve our parks, including Waverley Park. However, improvements rely on external funding which is hard to come by. We are working hard to secure external investment to improve our parks and green spaces to make them better and more enjoyable for everyone.”

Outdoor playgrounds were able to reopen from 29 March and six people or two households have been able to meet outside since 12 April.


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