Rhyl residents campaign to save play area


Matt Jones

A PEOPLE power campaign to save a popular playground has staged a protest.

Scores of residents turned out to oppose Denbighshire Council's plans to close Crescent Road Multi Use Games Area after years of disruption near the site including smashed windows and vandalised cars.

The council said it consulted with householders on Crescent Road and Gordon Avenue with the majority supporting the closure but community members say only a few responded.

Grandmother Geraldine Griffiths, aged 63, of John Street, organised the protest on Saturday.

She said: "It is not the children using the using the play area who are doing the damage.

"All children have the right to play. We had a good turnout at the protest throughout the day. The council has got to listen to us.

"We want to keep it open so children can use it.

"I am calling on Denbighshire Council to listen to people and have a full consultation."

Mrs Griffith said she would take the matter to the European Count of Human Rights under the Children's Charter.

She also called for the site to have improved access for disabled children and disabled play equipment if it stays open.

A petition to keep the site open, which has already got more than 100 signatures, is being circulated around the town's schools.

A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: "The site has attracted large amounts of anti-social behaviour and has significantly impacted on the quality of life for residents.

"A full consultation has been carried out with regards to the area. Residents, Rhyl Member Area Group and Rhyl Town Council have all been part of the consultation and the consensus of opinion, was to close it, in order to try and control the anti social behaviour taking place.

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