An open space management company has vowed it will be revamping a play area in the Moorlands after concerns have been raised about the state of the site. The announcement comes from GEL after concerns had been raised by residents about the state of the play area in Coleridge Drive in Cheadle which GEL manages.
An open space management company has vowed it will be revamping a play area in the Moorlands after concerns have been raised about the state of the site.
The announcement comes from GEL after concerns had been raised by residents about the state of the play area in Coleridge Drive in Cheadle which GEL manages.
Concerns had also been raised that the management company had not closed the play area off during the coronavirus lockdown period.
Cheadle councillor Kate Martin contacted the Times & Echo about the residents’ and her own concerns for the play area.
She said: “The play area really needs a tidy up and the residents themselves are currently emptying the bin on there.
“Then there was a big concern when it was not closed off when all play areas across the country were closed off during the lockdown. At the time I wasn’t sure who looked after the play area and so went to both the town and district council who both told me it wasn’t them.
“In the end up I spoke to a local PCSO about my concerns that the play area was not closed off and he sorted it out himself which I thank him for.
“It was about making sure everyone was safe but it was a puzzle about who owned the site.”
A spokesman at GEL, which is based in Glasgow, has now explained to the Times & Echo that the company was following Government guidelines in not travelling to close the play area off and that they had “put our trust in residents being responsible and adhering to the guidelines not to use play areas during the pandemic.”
The spokesman has also confirmed that the play area is part of a UK-wide refurbishment programme which is being carried out by the company, but that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused “major delays” in the delivery of the maintenance programme across its UK sites.
The spokesman said: “The play area at Coleridge Drive in Cheadle has been owned and maintained by GEL for many years, entirely at the company’s own cost and without external funding.
“The Government were clear and unambiguous that play areas should not be used during the lockdown period. This included both public sector and non-public sector play areas.
“This information was broadcast on all national TV channels and other media on a regular basis.
“Precisely because of this advice, as a responsible company, we made the decision to minimise our non-essential travel at the height of the pandemic.
“Instead, as it was not possible to secure every play area, and taking our lead directly from Government, GEL put our trust in residents being responsible and adhering to the guidelines not to use play areas during the pandemic.”
Regarding maintenance of the site, the spokesman said: “The last maintenance visit took place at the beginning of this month, with the next scheduled for Monday, October 5.
“We are aware upgrading work is necessary and this particular play area is part of a UK-wide refurbishment programme.
“Unfortunately – and understandably given the Covid-19 factors – we have experienced major delays to this programme.
“However our teams have been working extremely hard to get back on track and our plan is to take this action in the weeks ahead.
“We are very happy to continue to engage in dialogue – no email enquiry to GEL is ever left unaddressed – and look forward to working with residents and the council to ensure children have a safe and clean environment to enjoy.”
Anyone with any concerns about the play area are invited to email GEL at email@example.com.
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