Residents were left outraged when they discovered much loved local parks were being removed.
The Labour councillors running Newport have introduced a policy which says the council will not repair or replace parks when they fall into disrepair.
Local Lib Dem activist and father of two, has spoken out against the damning state of Tredegar Park and its former water play area. “The Labour Party don’t care about the health and enjoyment of our children. Not only have they closed the water feature that kept kids active during the holidays they have left it to rot.”The Lib Dems are committed to opening a new water feature and to investing in play areas across the city should they win in next years election.
Paul Halliday, who faced Labour in the General Election, commented “It’s disgraceful. Labour have cut a service which is used by lots of families.”He added “Play parks are a place where people with very little money can bring their children to have fun. These parks are used by families, the elderly and teenagers. It’s completely unreasonable to stop funding them”.
The Liberal Democrats have a costed plan to invest £750,000 in local parks over five years, including a new water feature in Tredegar Park. Lib Dem councillor and mother of six Carmel Townsend slammed Labour councillors saying “There has been no consultation with local residents, but have made a decision which will affect them massively”. “It’s not fair and it’s not right” she added.
To show your support for our pledge and to call on the council to stop closing play areas, please sign our petition below.
We the undersigned support calls for a new water play area in Tradegar Park and for the council to stop closing our local play parks.