A notice to remove the donated play equipment at Coney Hall Recreation Ground has been suspended following an intervention from Hayes & Coney Hall Ward Councillor, Thomas Turrell.
Football goals and basketball hoops were anonymously to one of the three tennis courts at the ground and have proven to be really popular with local children and parents. However, following a complaint, a two-week notice was issued for the removal of the equipment. A move which angered many local parents.
Councillor Turrell contacted the relevant Officers at the Council to ask:
- The removal be suspended so that discussions could take place about a long-term solution can take place,
- That Officers meet with him at the Recreation Ground to access the options, such as a new home for equipment further away from properties,
- That the football nets on the Recreation Ground be reinstated.
The Council responded to say that they had agreed with Idverde, who manage the parks, to suspend the notice and would meet with Councillor Turrell. Regarding the football nets on the ground, these were put away by the club which trains there as the season is now over.
Welcoming the Council’s decision to suspend removal, Councillor Turrell said:
“This is great news for local kids and parents. We have had some amazing weather recently and it is really positive to hear that local children have bene enjoying this equipment, enjoying the recreation ground and making such good use of the wonderful open spaces we have locally. I fully appreciate that equipment donated by a resident is not a long-term fix, that is why I am now speaking with the friends group and council officers to look at a proper long-term solution so that future generations can also enjoy this space”.