Despite a retreat last week over charges for children to use Battersea Park Adventure Playground, the plans are not dead yet. In an interview with the Wandsworth Guardian Kathy Tracey, the council’s children’s services spokeswoman, said the Tories may still introduce a fee to use the specialist playground.
She said a survey will be carried out over the summer months asking users what cost-cutting measures they approved of, before a report is published in November. Coun Tracey added that one possible way to save cash would be to remove some of the more expensive equipment, which needs staffing. She added: “If they want to maintain the sort of provision that’s there, we have to find a mechanism for charging for it.”
Labour’s Cllr. Andy Gibbons said ‘Coming just days before the Thamesfield by-election the Tories’ announcement of a retreat on playground charges now looks like a cynical attempt to hide an unpopular and damaging policy, only to bring it back later. We must keep the pressure up to make sure that these proposals are ruled out completely.’
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