A new playground in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, will not be opened because it is too brightly coloured. Play equipment at the new Corinium Via estate at Kingshill has been in place since last summer. But metal barriers surround the park and signs are in place to warn children to keep out.
Some residents have complained the play equipment is too brightly coloured. Cotswold District Council has said the play area would remain off-limits for now because of the complaints. Mother-of-two Elizabeth Lloyd, who lives opposite the park, said: "My kids have sat and looked at this for the best part of a year. It’s pretty miserable. My view is let’s just get it open.
"At the end of the day it’s a park and we all bought homes knowing it would be built.” Shelleigh Bailey, who lives nearby, agreed. “Someone’s complained about it being too bright. I would understand it if it was some cheap metal play park, but it’s actually very nice. I think it’s not seen as Cotswolds enough,” she said. “It’s a shame for the kids because they have waited a long time to play on it.”
A Cotswold District Council spokesman said several objections to the play area had been made and as a result the authority wanted to relocate it elsewhere on the site. However, formal planning permission was needed before this could be done. We're all keen to see the play area opening as soon as possible."