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Where can children play?
2:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
THE arrival of hundreds of new homes in Hampton, Evesham, has left the area brimming with children who have nowhere to play, according to a resident.
Thom Jarman, who lives in Martin Avenue, said recent developments in the area have left it overcrowded and that children are often resorting to playing in the road, putting themselves at risk, due to a lack of play areas for them to use.
Mr Jarman wants to know why Wychavon District Council has not demanded more local infrastructure to go alongside the area’s major housing developments.
He said: “As a result of the recent development, [the area] is obviously overcrowded and lacking facilities such as a playground so many children are playing in the street.
It is only a matter of time before a child is hurt or worse. No solution has been offered to the increase in housing density from 60 to 160 houses with insufficient play area or parking.
“I am of the opinion that the council has little interest in the residents beyond cramming us together cheek by jowl and collecting council tax and government grants.”
But the head of housing and planning at Wychavon District Council, Giorgio Framalicco, said that while the priority for the area was to build much-needed affordable homes so people could stay in the area, it was the council’s intention to invest in play areas.
He said: “There is a small play area within the development, but as part of the scheme we also secured a payment from the developer to spend on improving the closest existing play facilities at the nearby Crown Meadow, which is a short distance from Martin Avenue.
“Once the town’s bridge works are complete, we will consider how we can use the £250,000 to improve the play facilities at Crown Meadow for local children.”
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