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PUBLISHED: 08:52 02 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:13 11 May 2010

ROYSTON youth council hit out at the lack of play facilities in the town for older children. The youth council spoke out after North Herts district council replaced a broken slide in the Priory Memorial Gardens park with a smaller model. Anna Lambert, 16,

ROYSTON youth council hit out at the lack of play facilities in the town for older children.

The youth council spoke out after North Herts district council replaced a broken slide in the Priory Memorial Gardens park with a smaller model.

Anna Lambert, 16, from the youth council, said: "Getting rid of the big slide has made the park suitable for toddlers only.

"Many of the children in the town have mentioned that they are upset by this. They want big slides and proper swings.

"As an active member of the youth council, I am shocked we were not even asked about this. Why did the council not ask the people who would be using this for their opinion?"

A district council spokesman could not shed any light on why youngsters had not been consulted on the change, but pledged to work more closely with the youth council over future changes to play equipment.

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- Santa's faced an un-merry Christmas because they feared they would not receive Criminal Records Bureau checks in time for the festive season. A six-week backlog in applications led to concerns that Santa's grottos across Crow Country would have to be closed down.

- Campaigners remained in the dark about the future of Royston Hospital. A summit meeting on developments at the hospital concluded there were no immediate plans to close the site, but North and East Herts PCT did not divulge what their plans were to redevelop the site.

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