A NEWLY built park in Tidbury Green, which features a broken swing held together by a spoon, has been branded unsafe by residents.
The park provided by Miller Homes as part of the Regency Fields development has come in for criticism for its broken play equipment, uneven surfaces and unfinished areas.
Parents have complained that children cannot walk across the park without stumbling on uneven grass and play mats.
Residents met with Miller Homes representatives at the park on Wednesday to review safety and accessibility where it became clear the park had not been built in line with the approved landscape plan.
Safety issues such as barbed wire debris and trip hazards were pointed out to Miller Homes.
Coun Craig Fergusson, chair of Tidbury Green Parish Council said: “Parents are understandably upset by the poor quality of the park they have been provided.
“We have been campaigning for works to improve the park.
“The resident meeting on Wednesday was productive and I hope Miller Homes take on board all of the points to improve accessibility.
“They have promised to rectify the defects and the Parish Council will be holding them to account on that.”
Miller Homes have been working on the Regency Fields development since 2019.
Works were due to complete in December 2022.
However, the development has been beset by delays as the developer struggles to complete roads and footpaths.
A spokesperson for Miller Homes said: ““We are aware of the damage to the play equipment at Regency Fields’ play area, and are rectifying the situation as a matter of priority.
“The equipment had been damaged by a member of the public and sadly this was not reported to Miller Homes until after it had been further tampered with.
“The safety of our residents is of paramount importance to us and we’re committed to fixing the issue with the play equipment as quickly and safely as possible.”