District Council set to release Oakmeeds Playground
site with NO REPLACEMENT
20th September 2010
A potential blow has been
dealt to children in and around Chanctonbury
Road in Burgess Hill with news that they could
lose a popular playground.
If West Sussex County Council receive planning
permission for the proposed Special School
on land at Oakmeeds Community School, Mid
Sussex District will opt to take a financial
settlement from WSCC for giving up their lease
of the children's playground, snubbing the
chance to have a replacement playground next
to London Meed school.
for the new special school includes the
children's playground being moved approximately
100 metres to the edge of the London Meed
school playground. The District Council are
going to reject this option due to serious
security concerns for the primary school.
Instead, MSDC will choose not to re-site the
playground and will bank the money. The money
will supposedly be spent on the Meeds Ward
in the future. It would not surprise us if
the windfall is used to purchase some onstreet
The issue we have here at Burgess Hill Uncovered
is how can there be serious security concerns
of putting a children's playground on the
edge of London Meed School? It's a childrens
playground, hardly a shooting range or an
enclosure for Lions with a dodgy lock on the
cage door! If there was a genuine security
concern, then WSCC wouldn't have offered this
piece of land as the new site for the playground.
to us ---
Do your children use the existing playground?
How do you feel about its potential removal
with NO replacement? How can there be
a safety issue in installing a new one
next to London Meed School?
Let us know your thoughts by emailing email@example.com