'Clean up this mess', demand mums over 'unfit' Breightmet play area

'Clean up this mess', demand mums over 'unfit' Breightmet play area

Joanne Hughes-Connolly and her children from left, Anthony, aged three, Sarah, aged 18 months and Deacon Hughes, aged nine

One of the benches in the park

Debris strewn in the play area

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

MUMS have called for urgent improvement work to be carried out on a children’s play area.

Families living close to the park in Waggon Road, Breightmet, claim it is plagued with rusty equipment, graffiti and litter.

But Bolton Council insist the play area is inspected and cleared of rubbish “at least” once a week.

Joanne Hughes-Connolly, a mother-of-five who lives in Romiley Crescent, said: “We feel that our younger children are being discriminated against.

"The park is not fit to be used by children — the equipment’s rusty, the ropes are old, there’s been cement everywhere, the bin has had dog mess in it.

“We have hundreds of children on these streets and they’ve got just as much right as other children to have somewhere to play.

“I think the council should be more empathetic about this issue. I fear it’s going to take a catastrophic accident for something to be done.”

Kelly Craig, a mother-of-two, also of Romiley Crescent, praised the Waggon Road Young People Centre for helping residents clear up the park, but says the council should be taking a more pro-active role in keeping it tidy.

The 35-year-old said: “The park can’t be used by little ones — the play equipment doesn’t work. There’s a roundabout which doesn’t even go round and you have to stand behind children to push them up when they use the slide, because it’s so slippery.

“I live facing the park and I’ve never seen workmen come down and have a look at it.”

The council stressed £70,000 had been invested in refurbishing the multi-use games area at Waggon Road Young People’s Centre to improve recreational facilities in the area.

A spokesman said: “Unfortunately, the play area does suffer from occasional acts of vandalism and heavy littering. We would urge people to use the play area responsibly and use the bin provided.

“Whilst we try our best to repair damaged equipment there will be instances of rust, and wear and tear, as the play area has been there since 2005.”

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9:58am Thu 17 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

Why not do stuff like painting the bench yourselves?
Why not do stuff like painting the bench yourselves? atlas123
  • Score: 10

10:22am Thu 17 Jul 14

Ernagy2 says...

In the old days you had a park keeper who would do many of the jobs needed. Unfortunately park keepers are a thing of the past, whether this saves money in the long run, only an accountant would know,
In the old days you had a park keeper who would do many of the jobs needed. Unfortunately park keepers are a thing of the past, whether this saves money in the long run, only an accountant would know, Ernagy2
  • Score: 4

10:32am Thu 17 Jul 14

Boff says...

If perhaps the errant parents could educate their brats to be a little more respectful of their surroundings, the park would be in a far better condition. Graffiti and rubbish do not appear through natural occurrences!
If perhaps the errant parents could educate their brats to be a little more respectful of their surroundings, the park would be in a far better condition. Graffiti and rubbish do not appear through natural occurrences! Boff
  • Score: 23

10:45am Thu 17 Jul 14

MissPeg says...

Whilst I understand why these mums are angry about this issue, in light of cuts to the Council's budget, I challenge the mums this:

What are YOU going to do about it?

From the article it says you've already had assistance from Waggon Road Young People Centre to clear up the park. That is step one. What can you do now to help make this park better?

The Council may have power and some money, but don't forget that you are a group of people who have power too, you just need to exercise that power and look at ways you could get some money (maybe speak to the Waggon Road YP Centre for advice) and make it happen!

The Council aren't doing it, so why don't you?
Whilst I understand why these mums are angry about this issue, in light of cuts to the Council's budget, I challenge the mums this: What are YOU going to do about it? From the article it says you've already had assistance from Waggon Road Young People Centre to clear up the park. That is step one. What can you do now to help make this park better? The Council may have power and some money, but don't forget that you are a group of people who have power too, you just need to exercise that power and look at ways you could get some money (maybe speak to the Waggon Road YP Centre for advice) and make it happen! The Council aren't doing it, so why don't you? MissPeg
  • Score: 24

12:13pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Regulatory Man says...

Waggon Road has always been a tip for many many years as far back as I can remember being a kid growing up in Breightmet. It's all too easy to blame the council to clear up other peoples mess but you are socially responsible as are your families so start taking responsibility for your own surroundings and demonstrate to the kids in the area you're not accepting such low standards anymore. Make them show and earn respect rather than fobbing the problems onto other people.

These mums and other residents should get together and arrange a community clean up, perhaps ask the council to supply paint to smarten the site up then community manage and look after it with the local kids to make sure it stays that way.
Waggon Road has always been a tip for many many years as far back as I can remember being a kid growing up in Breightmet. It's all too easy to blame the council to clear up other peoples mess but you are socially responsible as are your families so start taking responsibility for your own surroundings and demonstrate to the kids in the area you're not accepting such low standards anymore. Make them show and earn respect rather than fobbing the problems onto other people. These mums and other residents should get together and arrange a community clean up, perhaps ask the council to supply paint to smarten the site up then community manage and look after it with the local kids to make sure it stays that way. Regulatory Man
  • Score: 17

12:18pm Thu 17 Jul 14

giraffe89 says...

I do think there are bigger priorities to the council than a park (look at all the other issues) and agree the children need somewhere to play but why not fundraise and get the children joining in with painting fences/benches etc ????
I do think there are bigger priorities to the council than a park (look at all the other issues) and agree the children need somewhere to play but why not fundraise and get the children joining in with painting fences/benches etc ???? giraffe89
  • Score: 10

12:34pm Thu 17 Jul 14

markthementalist says...

Younger kids being discriminated? My goodness, get a grip of yourself will you.
The park is a dump and so is Breightmet.
Why should the council sort it out? In 2 or 3 weeks it will look the same again.
Should the taxpayers of Bolton have to pay for this playground again and again?
Younger kids being discriminated? My goodness, get a grip of yourself will you. The park is a dump and so is Breightmet. Why should the council sort it out? In 2 or 3 weeks it will look the same again. Should the taxpayers of Bolton have to pay for this playground again and again? markthementalist
  • Score: 10

12:52pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Liam-bwfc says...

People saying "you do it". If she does, and someone gets injured on something she has done or ruins clothes etc on paint or damages something in the process who do you think the council will hold liable? In a country where a quick claim = money, I wouldn't touch anything that doesn't belong to me.
People saying "you do it". If she does, and someone gets injured on something she has done or ruins clothes etc on paint or damages something in the process who do you think the council will hold liable? In a country where a quick claim = money, I wouldn't touch anything that doesn't belong to me. Liam-bwfc
  • Score: -5

1:47pm Thu 17 Jul 14

marco999 says...

It's always somebody else's fault isn't it? It's the kids who cause the damage, make all the mess and spray the graffiti in the first place! This woman should turn the telly off, get her sleeves rolled up and get out there cleaning it up instead of moaning.
It's always somebody else's fault isn't it? It's the kids who cause the damage, make all the mess and spray the graffiti in the first place! This woman should turn the telly off, get her sleeves rolled up and get out there cleaning it up instead of moaning. marco999
  • Score: 7

2:12pm Thu 17 Jul 14

MissPeg says...

Liam-bwfc wrote:
People saying "you do it". If she does, and someone gets injured on something she has done or ruins clothes etc on paint or damages something in the process who do you think the council will hold liable? In a country where a quick claim = money, I wouldn't touch anything that doesn't belong to me.
People all over the country are doing things like what I suggested. If the community chooses to come out and paint the area, they are each responsible for their own actions.

If some of the mums were to buy some metal poles and try to build the park themselves, then yes, your point might be valid (unless one of them has the correct skills needed to build a park). But looking for ways to raise money to get a new park installed by professionals (rather than themselves) would be the direction most sensible people would take.
[quote][p][bold]Liam-bwfc[/bold] wrote: People saying "you do it". If she does, and someone gets injured on something she has done or ruins clothes etc on paint or damages something in the process who do you think the council will hold liable? In a country where a quick claim = money, I wouldn't touch anything that doesn't belong to me.[/p][/quote]People all over the country are doing things like what I suggested. If the community chooses to come out and paint the area, they are each responsible for their own actions. If some of the mums were to buy some metal poles and try to build the park themselves, then yes, your point might be valid (unless one of them has the correct skills needed to build a park). But looking for ways to raise money to get a new park installed by professionals (rather than themselves) would be the direction most sensible people would take. MissPeg
  • Score: 6

3:10pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Andy Higham says...

"The bin has dog mess in it" Isn't the bin the proper place for dog mess?
"The slide is too slippery" FFS It's supposed to be slippery, the clue is in the name SLIDE.
I purchased a several years old Audi, I worked hard and saved for it
"The bin has dog mess in it" Isn't the bin the proper place for dog mess? "The slide is too slippery" FFS It's supposed to be slippery, the clue is in the name SLIDE. I purchased a several years old Audi, I worked hard and saved for it Andy Higham
  • Score: 4

3:23pm Thu 17 Jul 14

655321 says...

markthementalist wrote:
Younger kids being discriminated? My goodness, get a grip of yourself will you.
The park is a dump and so is Breightmet.
Why should the council sort it out? In 2 or 3 weeks it will look the same again.
Should the taxpayers of Bolton have to pay for this playground again and again?
Especially as the taxpayers are already paying for her 5 kids...
[quote][p][bold]markthementalist[/bold] wrote: Younger kids being discriminated? My goodness, get a grip of yourself will you. The park is a dump and so is Breightmet. Why should the council sort it out? In 2 or 3 weeks it will look the same again. Should the taxpayers of Bolton have to pay for this playground again and again?[/p][/quote]Especially as the taxpayers are already paying for her 5 kids... 655321
  • Score: 11

5:05pm Thu 17 Jul 14

colournature says...

As they have recently built new homes on the land that was given to the council by lord leverhulme on the understanding that no houses should be built on that land and the council have overrode this there are more children more houses in that area -
As it would appear that quite a number of people are unemployed in that area and get their community charge for free - perhaps some of them could work their community charge by working in the community on clean up jobs rather than ask the council to fork out -
dog dirt should not be placed in a park bin but in a special dog doo doo bin if its on a park -
Blame the council for getting rid of the green belt -

Main problem is thus -
stop importing cheap goods from abroad that dont last and bring back manufacturing and engineering in this county to provide more jobs so that the young can get proper skills rather than go into hairdressing ,doing nails , shopwork and selling burgers
As they have recently built new homes on the land that was given to the council by lord leverhulme on the understanding that no houses should be built on that land and the council have overrode this there are more children more houses in that area - As it would appear that quite a number of people are unemployed in that area and get their community charge for free - perhaps some of them could work their community charge by working in the community on clean up jobs rather than ask the council to fork out - dog dirt should not be placed in a park bin but in a special dog doo doo bin if its on a park - Blame the council for getting rid of the green belt - Main problem is thus - stop importing cheap goods from abroad that dont last and bring back manufacturing and engineering in this county to provide more jobs so that the young can get proper skills rather than go into hairdressing ,doing nails , shopwork and selling burgers colournature
  • Score: 3

5:30pm Thu 17 Jul 14

markthementalist says...

655321 wrote:
markthementalist wrote:
Younger kids being discriminated? My goodness, get a grip of yourself will you.
The park is a dump and so is Breightmet.
Why should the council sort it out? In 2 or 3 weeks it will look the same again.
Should the taxpayers of Bolton have to pay for this playground again and again?
Especially as the taxpayers are already paying for her 5 kids...
****..............I wish I had thought of that!!!!
[quote][p][bold]655321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]markthementalist[/bold] wrote: Younger kids being discriminated? My goodness, get a grip of yourself will you. The park is a dump and so is Breightmet. Why should the council sort it out? In 2 or 3 weeks it will look the same again. Should the taxpayers of Bolton have to pay for this playground again and again?[/p][/quote]Especially as the taxpayers are already paying for her 5 kids...[/p][/quote]****..............I wish I had thought of that!!!! markthementalist
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Thu 17 Jul 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

The problem is the council won't spend money on parks they will sooner waste money on other things like the town hall / town centre trying to get visitors from other town's to come. Buy the way where's the new bus station we was promised construction was supposed to have started early this year no wonder people go shopping in other towns
The problem is the council won't spend money on parks they will sooner waste money on other things like the town hall / town centre trying to get visitors from other town's to come. Buy the way where's the new bus station we was promised construction was supposed to have started early this year no wonder people go shopping in other towns johnnykilroy4
  • Score: -3

6:39pm Thu 17 Jul 14

colournature says...

council pah !!

they spent a lot of money on new swimming baths and then the decided to knock it down a few years afterwards ( and we could get a morning swim for 2/ and 6d and changed the fountains and put painted elephants in newport street -

Still we are waiting for new bus station but there was nothing wrong with the old one really
council pah !! they spent a lot of money on new swimming baths and then the decided to knock it down a few years afterwards ( and we could get a morning swim for 2/ and 6d and changed the fountains and put painted elephants in newport street - Still we are waiting for new bus station but there was nothing wrong with the old one really colournature
  • Score: -1

7:35pm Thu 17 Jul 14

steveG says...

If the council have spent £70000,then ,as we all know, that would buy them a swing. WIth someone in charge of the purse strings who had a little financial nouse there could be 2 new parks.
If the council have spent £70000,then ,as we all know, that would buy them a swing. WIth someone in charge of the purse strings who had a little financial nouse there could be 2 new parks. steveG
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Thu 17 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

There's a lot of talk about mums and kids,where and who are the dads.Hundreds of kids,no dads,immaculate conceptions I guess.
There's a lot of talk about mums and kids,where and who are the dads.Hundreds of kids,no dads,immaculate conceptions I guess. boltonnut
  • Score: 4

1:07am Fri 18 Jul 14

pradagucci says...

Awful. These parks are used by teenagers at night this should be policed. All parks across Bolton except Moses gate are a mess.
Awful. These parks are used by teenagers at night this should be policed. All parks across Bolton except Moses gate are a mess. pradagucci
  • Score: 1

4:41am Fri 18 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Imagine the manpower if all the Dads did something, that would be 5 Dads per Mum.
Get jobs and stop having babies that you expect decent people to pay for, or does the average slapper not understand how to close her legs.
Imagine the manpower if all the Dads did something, that would be 5 Dads per Mum. Get jobs and stop having babies that you expect decent people to pay for, or does the average slapper not understand how to close her legs. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 3

10:01am Fri 18 Jul 14

655321 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Imagine the manpower if all the Dads did something, that would be 5 Dads per Mum.
Get jobs and stop having babies that you expect decent people to pay for, or does the average slapper not understand how to close her legs.
Indeed, an increasing number of people who fund their own lifestyle are putting off kids until their thirties and only having one or two, yet these people who are happy to live off the state feel they have the right to pop kids out left right and centre and expect funding for this 'privilege'.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Imagine the manpower if all the Dads did something, that would be 5 Dads per Mum. Get jobs and stop having babies that you expect decent people to pay for, or does the average slapper not understand how to close her legs.[/p][/quote]Indeed, an increasing number of people who fund their own lifestyle are putting off kids until their thirties and only having one or two, yet these people who are happy to live off the state feel they have the right to pop kids out left right and centre and expect funding for this 'privilege'. 655321
  • Score: 4

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