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Old Manor Way playground saved from sell-off

PUBLISHED: 12:03 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:03 01 July 2015

Campaigners at the playground in Old Manor Way

Campaigners at the playground in Old Manor Way

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More than 2,500 people signed petition

The Old Manor Way playground in Barnehurst has been saved from sell-off after more than 2,500 people signed a petition urging the council to think again.

The council’s places scrutiny committee announced last night that the playground be removed from the list of open spaces the council wants to sell.

Peter Craske, Bexley Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “I would like to thank people for the constructive and positive way they have expressed their concerns about the proposal to sell the playground.

“Having now received the technical report about the land, it is clear there is a very complex set of issues that mean we should not proceed with its disposal. As a result, we will be withdrawing this proposal.

“This means people will continue to enjoy this well-loved playground for many years to come.”

The council cabinet will discuss proposals to sell other open spaces on Tuesday, July 21.

David Evennett, the MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, said he was “delighted” at the news.

“I met with constituents at the playground to support their campaign to save it and made strong representations to the council urging them not to proceed with the sale,” he said.

“Given the need for safe places for children to play and exercise, this is the right decision.”

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