Gravel in Royston’s Priory Memorial Gardens ‘causing injuries to children’

PUBLISHED: 10:29 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 22 June 2018

Gravel has been installed on paths in Royston's Priory Memorial Gardens. Picture: Chris Lamont

Gravel has been installed on paths in Royston's Priory Memorial Gardens. Picture: Chris Lamont


People in Royston are concerned that gravel laid in a park where children play is causing them to injure themselves.

The gravel in Priory Memorial Gardens was installed by North Herts District Council, which manages the town centre park.

Chris Lamont, who regularly walks through the park, told the Crow: “It’s a bit of a nightmare. The gravel wasn’t here last summer, so I don’t know why they’ve done this, I know people whose children have been hurt.

“I have seen kids running having fun and gone over, and kids coming off bikes. It’s madness.”

The Crow contacted the district council on Wednesday to relay concerns.

Councillor David Barnard, the district council’s executive member for leisure and green issues, said in response: “Our Officers have visited the Priory Memorial Gardens to inspect the paths and can find no surface gravel that could cause this issue.

“During September 2017 we resurfaced some footpaths with a mixture of tar and chip gravel, to create a smooth and even surface.

“Footpath repairs were also undertaken at the time and any trip hazards removed. We urge anyone with any concerns about pathways in our parks to contact us directly to discuss any issues. We will then be able to investigate further.”

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