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Charity could step aside as playground tender begins

The adventure playground on Haddon Road is still endangered with closure

The adventure playground on Haddon Road is still endangered with closure

 

Campaigners urging the council to keep a playground in the control of a children’s charity have been told that it could be reassigned to another organisation.

Hart Hill Adventure Playground was opened in February 2011 with £800,000 from the government but a shortfall in funding has meant that the council is looking to dispose of the land as a community asset transfer– on the understanding it remains as an adventure playground.

An open public meeting was held at the playground on Wednesday, where council officers updated parents on an open tender process to find an individual or organisation to run and fund the facility.

Parents have drafted a petition asking that charity Children’s Links remains the playground operator, but have been told that this may not happen to “ensure the best possible outcomes for Luton’s children and young people.”

A council spokesperson said: “This was an open tender process and we encouraged all interested groups to submit proposed plans and ideas. The submissions are currently being reviewed.

“We continue to support the adventure playground and very much recognise the importance it has in the community. This was further emphasised by the petition.”

 

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