Playground sign gaffe

PUBLISHED: 16:53 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:32 25 August 2010

CLOSURE of adventure playgrounds over the Easter break was labelled daft by residents.

CLOSURE of adventure playgrounds over the Easter break was labelled 'daft' by residents.

Signs outside Plumstead Adventure Centre, in Blendon Terrace, said the playground would be closed throughout the peak holiday period.

Greenwich council said the sign was a blunder as the centre was open on Good Friday, but admitted all adventure playgrounds routinely close on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Woolwich resident John Nichols, 19, who played at the centre before it was renovated, said: "I used to enjoy playing here as a child.

"To deprive kids in this area of the ability to use it over the Bank Holiday weekend is daft.

"The fact that it still doesn't open until 11.30am even when a member of staff is there reflects a lack of effort by the council."

Schoolchildren helped design the £120,000 Plumstead centre which opened in February featuring large wood-framed features, replacing an old site of swings.

But Spencer Drury, leader of the council's Conservative group, said the new centre was let down by confusing information posted outside and on the council's website.

He said: "It is quite ridiculous that the playground is closed during the school holidays.

"It would also be nice if Labour could talk to the people who staff the playground so at least they are advertising the right times."

A Greenwich council spokesman said the council would ensure opening times were published correctly in future.

She added: "This service is currently being reviewed and extending the opening hours to seven days a week is one option being considered.

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