Parents’ fears for Sheffield adventure playground

PARENTS are fearing for the future of an adventure playground in Sheffield because of proposed council cuts.

They are worried that vandalism and other anti-social behaviour will increase if Highfields Adventure Playground loses its Activity Sheffield staff.

The council is considering removing the staff and opening up for community hire and management to save money.

Campaigners have launched a petition and are asking for a six month delay while they apply for alternative funding.

Jane Heley, co-chairman of the Friends of Adventure group, said: “We are trying to tell the council we know times are hard but look at the bigger picture.

“This might save money in the short term but in the long term it could mean more PCSOs (police community support officers) are needed.”

Children use the playground after school and it acts as a meeting place parents.

She added: “We fear it will just deteriorate and be vandalised, no longer a place that young people feel safe hanging out in.”

Council cabinet member Isobel Bowler said: “We are considering how we run our adventure playgrounds at Highfields and Pitsmoor. We are not proposing to close them, but to make them available for community hire or possibly community management. We are keen to hear from any groups with ideas about how these facilities can continue to be operated.”