Play area safe

Please may I reassure Tim Higginbotham (letters 22 Oct) that the Council is not currently intending to close the Betjeman Road play area. Should we come forward at a later date with any such proposals, there would be full consultation with local users

Please may I reassure Tim Higginbotham (letters 22 Oct) that the Council is not currently intending to close the Betjeman Road play area.

Should we come forward at a later date with any such proposals, there would be full consultation with local users and residents.

The paper that was presented in public to the Royston Area Committee was a strategic discussion document looking at the long term strategy for play within North Herts. I understand that the views expressed might cause some concern but this is the price the council sometimes has to pay for trying to be open. There is a long way to go before final decisions are taken.

We are totally committed to making sure that our children have excellent play equipment and facilities and have earmarked �545,000 to spend on capital investments over the next five years. However some sites may not be in the best place and we need to look at whether we could provide for our young people better if we changed the provision.

Cllr Ian Knighton, NHDC Portfolio Holder for Leisure