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Athersley South Play Park Closes For Good

Wednesday April 10 2013

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AN Athersley South play park which was set up with grants of £133,000 has closed for good, just five years after opening.

Churchside Community Park, at the side of Blessed Sacrament RC Church on Matlock Road, secured money, including £80,000 from the Asda Foundation, to set up a BMX track, slides, climbing frame, seesaw and picnic area.

It opened in 2008 but vandalism led to its closure 18 months ago and because no-one was willing to maintain it and now locals have been told the equipment could be taken down to make way for housing.

Sue Hall, a local resident and church member who applied to Asda for the funding, said it was 'heartbreaking and a shame' it had closed.

"We shut it about 18 months ago because of the vandalism," she said.

"We have done the best we can but there is no-one to take over the volunteering to do the maintenance work."

Athersley South Action Group, which has now disbanded, formed shortly after the park opened to help a group maintain it.

But despite best efforts, vandalism continued, and has led to its closure.

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Reply Posted by PJ on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 15:32
People are always complaining there's nowhere for the kids to go - maybe this is why!! Areas are provided & they get vandalised!! They are their own worst enemies!! What a shame & what a waste of money!!

Reply Posted by john on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 15:37
well int that a suprise NOT!...what did people expect with the scum that live round there
i lived round there for 4 years had my garage broke into twice,car stolen,house broken into,bins knocked over everytime i put them out,people shi*ing and pi**ing in my garden,And all because i told a group of kids to smoke there drugs somewhere else other on the corner next to my house.
best thing i ever did move away from there what a fu**ing sh*t hole

Reply Posted by Jamie on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 09:39
The minority ruin it for the majority. As per usual.

Reply Posted by JS on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 13:06
How about not tarring the whole estate with the same brush John. My family have lived in that area for most of my life. There are way more good people than there are bad.
But as Jamie said, the idiots ruin it for everyone else.

The problem is, we are always so quick to let the bad ruin it, that the good kids get pushes aside and forgotten about. It's the whole blame culture of "kids turn bad and to crime and drugs because they have nothing to do".
Well what about the good kids (who form the majority) that are in exactly the same situation but DON'T do any of that. They get forgotten about because they don't fit the sterotype. And this is what happens. Things get ruined for them.

Reply Posted by Ellen Caves on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 13:10
Narrow minded people that tar everyone with the same brush really annoy me . John you quite clearly think that all Matlock Road residents and the surrounding area are ALL to blame . This is not the case . Next time keep you're comments to yourself !