Campaigners in 11th-hour bid to save play park

Kids want to save the playpark. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Kids want to save the playpark. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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A LAST-ditch bid has been made to save a children’s play park which is set to be scrapped.

The neglected Craigpark Crescent play area in Ratho, which is at least 50 years old, is to be “phased out” by the end of the year.

But campaigners have called for it to be revamped and council chiefs will tomorrow consider a 578-signature petition calling for them to halt the plans.

Residents say an upgraded facility is needed to cater for a growing number of young families in the area – since 2008 the number of nursery-age children at Ratho Primary School has trebled.

The city council decided that the play equipment would be “decommissioned” after complaints were made about antisocial behaviour in the park.

More than a decade later the mood has changed and there is instead overwhelming support for the park to be developed. Mother-of-two Christina Shaw, who launched the petition, said: “No-one in the area wants the play park scrapped.

“The council themselves say that you should live no more than 800 metres from a good play park. I don’t know how they can justify this.”

Campaigners have the backing of MSP Gordon MacDonald, and SNP councillor Bill Henderson.

Mr MacDonald said: “Ratho is a growing community with the Cala estate and another development planned for the other end of Ratho. A lot of people use the play park, or would if it was in better condition.”

Judy Wightman, chairman of the Ratho and District Community Council, said: “Something has to be done with it otherwise it becomes an eyesore.”

Council chiefs confirmed the petition would be considered during a meeting tomorrow.

A spokeswoman said: “A petition on the decommissioning of Craigpark play park has been submitted to the Petitions Committee, and will be considered by elected members tomorrow.”