VIDEO: Occupy London protesters set up camp in Battersea Park playground

Wandsworth Guardian: Occupy London protesters set up camp in Battersea Park playground Occupy London protesters set up camp in Battersea Park playground

Occupy London protesters have set up camp inside an adventure playground in a bid to save it from destruction.

The protesters have been inside the Battersea Park Adventure Playground since Saturday after it was rumoured the bulldozers would be moving in on Monday.

Last year Wandsworth Council announced they would be refurbishing the playground with new equipment, removing the need to hire play supervisors.

Building work has already began at the playground in York Gardens, Lavender Road, while the park in Kimber Road is becoming a skating facility.

An event was organised on Saturday for families and former park users to say a final farewell to the park.

But the campaign was ramped up when Occupy London members, travelling from as far as Walthamstow, set up camp in the park alongside local group Wandsworth Against Cuts (WAC).

Norman MacLean, speaking on behalf of WAC, said: "We call on Wandsworth Council to reverse their decision to get rid of play staff and destroy the adventure playground.

"We call on everyone to support this occupation by visiting the playground, by bringing food and other supplies, or, if they can, by joining it."

Colin Crilley, who was at the site, said: "People think the Occupy movement is only against the big banks and big industry, but it is filtering down to the local level causes and local issues.

"As adventure playgrounds go, Battersea is special within adventure playgrounds, it serves a mix of people both sides of the river."

A spokesperson for Wandsworth Council said the £200,000 rebuild of the playground will not start today.

Councillor Kathy Tracey, cabinet member for children's services, said: "These are well organised protesters with their own agenda.

"We hope that once they have made their point, they will allow us to get on with the work required to reopen the playground.

"We would also request that the protestors allow us to carry on running the One O’Clock Club on the site without disruption."

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