Safety fears are raised over community park

Safety concerns have been raised about the state of a Cramlington play park after used condoms and empty beer and cider cans were found littering the area.

Residents are calling for major changes to the Seven Oaks Park in the town, which they say is unfit for use in its current state.

Resident Christopher Dorman-O’Gowan said: “The play area had at least three used condoms in the play ship used by toddlers, there were also condoms on the grass, clearly having been used.

“There were empty bottles of cheap cider, beer cans, crisp packets and cigarettes – all in one enclosed play area used by tiny children.

“This is unacceptable in what should be Cramlington’s premier park – it is also a serious health risk.

“A small child could contract unimaginable diseases if they were to handle these condoms.

“The park is unfit for use at the moment – the play sand is a disgrace, the equipment is in terrible condition and the surrounding fence is little more than a line of rusting gates.”

Town councillor Barry Flux added: “I am appalled that this park is in such a shocking state.

“It is seen by visitors to the town and given its proximity to the main bus stop, the shops and the cinema, this should be a showcase of what is good in Cramlington, but it is portraying a very bad image.

“In the past I have had contact from Parkside residents who have reported pills being present in the park.

“The county council and town council should be working to make this a far more appealing facility which is safe and usable.”

A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “We inspect and litter pick this play area regularly, and will be going out to check for the items reported.

“We would encourage members of the public to report issues like this as soon as they are aware of them so that we can take quick action.”