Town council spent £2k on repairs for play area

The play area.
The play area.

Repeated attacks on a Skegness play area have meant the town council has been forced to fork out over £2,000 to repair it.

At a full town council meeting last week it was revealed that Skegness Town Council paid contractors £2,345.10p to fix broken or damaged parts at the Sunshine Play Area off Grand Parade.

Some of the damage had been caused by vandals last year and the equipment itself had also become broken.

Coun Dick Edginton said, that the park had been targeted twice and it was a large amount of money.

“It is a significant sum of money,” he said.

And Coun Mark Anderson said it was a serious concern and it was local people attacking the site and not visitors as had previously been thought.

The repairs came after town clerk Steve Larner last summer warned the park could be forced to close while it was repaired.

At the time of the vandalism, back in July, Skegness Town Council gained estimates for the work required and some items needed to be replaced which they said would put the ‘costs up’.

In the park itself, spring rockers had been snapped off their mounts and thrown into the waterway nearby.

Steve Larner said at the time: “It saddens and disappoints me that this great facility provided for young children is being ruined by vandals and those misusing the facility.

“In the past two years we have had damage to the shelter roofs, with repair costs running into thousands of pounds, and now we are seeing damage to the actual playground equipment.”

Mr Larner warned that if the problems persisted he would have to close the site.

He also stated that older children had no place in the park or adults who allowed their dogs to foul in the area.