Joseph waits four months for new play area to open

Joseph and Lauren Britt-still waiting to get into the playground in Ore Valley Road
Joseph and Lauren Britt-still waiting to get into the playground in Ore Valley Road

A SEVEN-year-old boy has written to the Observer to raise his concerns over a recently built play area that has never opened.

Joseph Britt, of Parker Road, Hastings, was asked by his teacher at All Saints School to write a letter about a subject that was bothering him.

So he decided to put pencil to paper and express his thoughts in words.

His letter read: “I am really pleased that Hastings Council have built a play park near my house.

“But why is it taking so long to get a safety certificate. They have been finished for ages but we can not use them.”

The play area was built by Bellway Homes as part of a new 51 home scheme called The Sidings which opened in Ore Valley in the summer.

The houses are part of a government-funded HomeBuy Shared ownership scheme.

Joseph’s mother Hayley White, aged 36, said: “We just can’t understand why it hasn’t opened.

“Joseph and his four-year-old sister Lauren have been asking every week since it was finished when he can go down there. It just seems such a waste.”

Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said: “A community trust was being set up to run the play area.

“Sea Space, a not-for-profit development company, was supposed to be setting up the Trust.

“That did not happen as it because their operation was effectively closed down when South East England Development Agency closed down.

“Now we are looking into the situation. We have had an engineer on the site on Tuesday who is looking into a health and safety issue. We will take it over and hope to get the play area open to local children as soon as possible.”