Residents living on a Chester housing estate fear there will be 'massive’ safety concerns in their street when a housing developer builds a children’s play area on it.
A group of people from Manners Close on the Crown Park development in Saighton are unhappy about the play area Bovis Homes wants to create in the middle of their road, because they say there is no room for cars to park there now.
One resident's car recently received £1500 worth of damage after another car tried to get past it, and some neighbours say they have also had their cars egged.
The resident told The Chronicle: “I, along with other residents feel that there are massive safety concerns regarding the play area which is now being placed in front of our homes here on the estate.
“The current parking situation is very bad, incredible when you think it’s a new build property. Most residents have a two-car home but we are allocated only one space, so residents are forced to park their cars on narrow streets which can also lend itself to access issues for emergency vehicles.
“You can see the damage that was done to my car when it was parked on the road facing the new park area; if that’s what happens to a car, heaven forbid a child,” he said.
The primary concerns are for children playing near the road, with parents worried that their youngsters would be surrounded by cars coming in and out of the area at peak times when they would be playing, as well as not wanting their children to play in front of strangers’ houses.
He added: “There is ample space around the site to stick a dedicated park and play area but they are placing this site in front of houses, around parked vehicles and with zero consideration of safety matters.
“If a child plays with a ball and it goes into the current restricted space car park area that could cause some major issues if cars are manoeuvring; or into a busy access road which I know from working from home, is busy throughout the afternoon and night time.”
“And in the initial purchase phase, the area was shown as having a LAP (Local Areas for Play) area which indicates a grass area but discussions of a play area were curtailed by the sales staff at the time. Several residents including myself were told it was not 100% guaranteed to be a play area because of the amount of residents located there,” he explained.
When contacted by The Chronicle for comment, a spokesperson for Bovis Homes said: “The play areas at Crown Park have always been an integral part of the consented plans for this location and have proved popular with local families.
“They are included at the request of the council and are part of a financial package of funding that we have provided to benefit the local community. There are a number of open spaces within our development where play equipment is being installed before the open space and equipment is eventually transferred to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC).
“The plans for Crown Park have been available to view by customers throughout the planning process and these plans have not changed since they received planning consent. Similarly, each home has allocated parking, and every customer is made aware of this allocation when they purchase their property.
“At Crown Park, as at our other locations around the country, the health and safety of our customers, members of the public, staff and contractors is fundamental to our operations.”
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