A PROBLEM play area in Frodsham should be sold off and the site used to build more sheltered housing for elderly residents, says a town councillor.
Cllr Frank Pennington said the town council-owned play area in Ship Street was constantly vandalised and ‘caused so much trouble’ since it opened in the 1980s.
“There was a heck of a lot of vandalism, and the police and residents were glad when we effectively closed it 26 months ago because it was causing so much nuisance.”
Cllr Pennington, who chairs the council’s community committee, is pushing to sell the site. A covenant on the land means proceeds would have to be reinvested in children’s play provision, but Cllr Pennington believes this can be ‘sorted out’.
“I’m after killing two birds with one stone – sorting the site and improving other play areas, and providing land for more old people’s bungalows.”
The town council is currently also considering ‘interest in the future of the Park Lane play area’ and Town Clerk Kate Dodgson has been asked to investigate and report on a covenant on the site.
The issue appears as a Part B item on the council’s agenda and is currently being discussed behind closed doors.
However, some councillors have previously claimed that the council-owned site is little used and surplus to requirements, following the development of a popular new children’s play area in nearby Castle Park.