10th Dec, 2016

Plea for action on delayed Lavender Fields park

Joshua Godfrey 17th Apr, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A FRUSTRATED Evesham mum has hit out at housing developers after a park they said would be open seven months ago remains closed.

Mother of two Ruth Uys, who lives in Lavender Fields off Badsey Road, said she has to keep telling her children she doesn’t know when they will be able to play in the park.

The family moved onto the estate in December 2014 and were told by housing developer Taylor Wimpey youngsters would be able to use the play equipment by September of last year.

Speaking to the Observer, Miss Uys said the park was a ‘big positive’ when moving and she hopes pressure will be put on the housing developer to get the park open as soon as possible.

“We are really hoping it will help get the park open not just for our children but all the other local children,” she said.

“We didn’t choose our house because of the park, but it was a big positive having a park near by.

“We needed to move because our old house in Badsey was too small.

“Corey left behind some good friends, particularly in his local Cubs pack.

“I don’t drive so we couldn’t get him there anymore, but we keep reminding Corey that he will make new friends once the park opens.

“We visit the other local parks but I have to take him because the roads are so busy and the road crossing still isn’t working on Elm Road.

“Both of the children keep asking when it will open and we just tell them that we don’t know.

“It is frustrating, especially the lack of communication. I know other people on the estate and nobody seems to know when it will open.”

In response, a Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said the development was complete but blamed delays on ‘health and safety’ reasons because of nearby construction works.

“These works are now finished but we have unfortunately had to keep the venue closed following the recent wet weather in order to allow the grass to grow.

“We sent a letter to all residents at the development to inform them of this decision and we anticipate the area will be open at the beginning of June,” the spokesperson added.