A group of concerned parents are looking for public support and have set up a petition to get much needed maintenance for the playground flooring at Abbeyfield Park.
The group has started a petition on Change.org calling on Sheffield City Council to replace all of the unsafe, slippery flooring in the playground with new, safe flooring, to prevent the risk of a serious accident to users.
Danille Fortier, representing the parents, says on the Change.org website:
“We have major concerns about the safety of the flooring in the playground at Abbeyfield Park… In wet weather the flooring around the play equipment becomes slippery to the point of it posing a major health and safety risk… It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.
“When we have contacted the council about the situation, we have repeatedly been told there is no money available to do anything about it… We’re now left feeling very frustrated that funds have been found to revamp play equipment in other parts of the city, while we are left with an unsafe play area.
“It feels like one of the most deprived areas of the city, where good quality outdoor provision is of the utmost importance, is left to languish with a play area that is an accident waiting to happen.
“We are calling on Sheffield City Council to replace all of the unsafe, slippery flooring in the playground at Abbeyfield Park with new, safe flooring, to prevent the risk of a serious accident to users.”
If you want to provide your support, you can sign the petition by visiting:
UPDATE 23rd August: The petition was successful and work started on Monday 23rd August to improve the dangerous flooring and make it safe for families to use.