Playpark is a ‘disgrace’ say Ballybogey locals

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SOME residents of Ballybogey have branded the local playpark a “disgrace” after household rubbish was dumped there.

Concerned locals said that even a blue wheelie bin had been thrown into the playpark and added that children trying to play in the area could end up being seriously injured.

Praising the efforts of local community workers who have been encouraging people to tidy the area, one worried resident who contacted the Times said: “Ballymoney Council was told about this a week ago and still, it’s lying in that state.”

It is believed that a number of young children began to collect items for a Twelfth bonfire recently.

However, locals believe that the bonfire material was taken away to be stored until nearer the time.

Unfortunately though, some members of the public used the collection as an excuse to thrown their household rubbish into the playpark.

“This is an absolute disgrace. The big stuff that was collected for the bonfire has been moved but people are still throwing all sorts of stuff,” said one local.

“The playpark is an accident waiting to happen.”

A spokesperson for Ballymoney Borough Council said: “We have met with a representative from the Community Association and through that group agreed with the bonfire organisers, that they remove and store off site materials that they intend to use for the July celebrations. We have arranged for our land to be cleared of the remaining waste material and litter picked to leave safe.

“The PCSP continue to work with local groups in an attempt to make lead in times and traditional bonfire events as safe and acceptable to the local community as possible.

“This can only be achieved with the cooperation of local organisers who must also be mindful of other user’s needs particularly where public open space is used and the obligations of that landowner.”