Demonstration taking place ahead of adventure playgrounds decision
A demonstration is taking place next week calling on the council to reverse plans to remove play staff from adventure playgrounds.
The demo has been organised by Wandsworth Against Cuts (WAC) and playground users who want the council to retain it's staff in Kimber Road, York Gardens and Battersea Park adventure playgrounds.
Earlier this year the council said it could make a saving of about £147,000 a year if it got rid of play staff and replaced play equipment.
A skate park is also going to be built in Kimber Road.
The demo is taking place ahead of an Education and Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting this Wednesday, where councillors are expected to give plans the green-light.
A spokesperson for WAC said: "The closures will deprive generations of Wandsworth children of the opportunity to play and develop in a safe and stimulating environment.
"Playground staff organise activities and are there to support and advise children facing difficulties.
"Children use the buildings as safe places to go after school in all weathers. As they get older they are able to go there independently while their parents know they are safe."
Several events have took place to raise attention to the plans in the parks, with backing from celebrities like So Solid Crew and Levi Roots.
A petition containing about 2,000 signatures has been handed to the council and a deputation will be heard during the meeting.
Last week Wandsworth’s cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Kathy Tracey said: "Although we are having to make difficult decisions in order to save money, I am proud that we are avoiding closing any playgrounds, as is happening in other parts of London.
"We understand how valued and well-loved these play areas are and that is why our focus has been on offering something new and exciting where changes have to be made - as well as keeping them free to use."
The demonstration is taking place at 6.30pm on June 20 outside Wandsworth Town Hall, East Hill, ahead of the council meeting which begins at 7.30pm.