Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Children queuing for swings

MORE swings are needed at a Henley playground, it is claimed.

MORE swings are needed at a Henley playground, it is claimed.

Gill Dodds made the request at a meeting of Henley Town Council last Tuesday.

She told members that mother’s and children often had to queue at the facility in Mill Meadows to have a go on the two swings.

Mrs Dodds, a former Henley mayor who lives in Greys Road, said: “There is a problem with the baby swings. I have had several mothers say they need more than two. There was a queue when we were down there.

“There are a lot of twins in this town and I would ask if you would seriously look at it. I know a lot of mothers and they are really quite anxious about it.“

Mrs Dodds said the lack of swings was the “one and only fault of that playground”, otherwise it is “lovely“ and her granddaughter “enjoyed it immensely“.

Councillor Dylan Thomas was in favour of providing more swings as he also has had to queue.

He said: “I have a two-and-a-half-year-old son and we often have that same situation at Mill meadows.

“In my NCT group there are nine boys, including twins. There are two [swings] for toddlers and four for slightly older children.“

Cllr Thomas added: “More swings for toddler and older would be brilliant.”

Councillor Sam Evans said users of the council’s parks will be able to give their views as part of a consultation that is being set up.  

She said: “We have had a full tour of the three recreation areas and set up the parks sub-group with the purpose of looking at all the equipment and facilities in all the parks. We will have a full consultation on it.”

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