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Public playgrounds in Peterborough re-opening from July 4

Families can breathe a sigh of relief as Peterborough City Council says it is now working with Aragon to re-open its outdoor play areas from Saturday, July 4.
Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment accessible from July 4: PCC (Picture: John Baker)

The council has informed parents that some outdoor play areas will be accessible to the public from Saturday, July 4 - as they begin a gradual re-opening to ensure that inspections can take place and signage can be installed.

This comes as the government announced the relaxation of the two-metre rule in a bid to revive the economy and allow the hospitality sector to re-open.

Councillor Steve Allen, cabinet member for culture and recreation at Peterborough City Council, said: “I am happy to say that, in line with government guidance, we will be able to once again open up outdoor play areas to residents from the 4th July. 

“To ensure that this is done in the safest manner possible we are taking a steady approach and as such this will be a gradual process. 

“We will continue to put safety first. I would encourage everyone to continue enjoying the open spaces and parks that are already open in the interim, whilst maintaining socially distanced and ensuring to continue washing their hands.”

During the lockdown, many parents have raised concerns about keeping their children occupied, with some residents complaining of young people causing trouble in their area.

On Monday, June 8, a LNER train heading to Peterborough station ended up having to apply its emergency brakes because of four children playing on the track, according to transport police.

Patrols were subsequently stepped up in the Fletton and Hampton areas by British Transport Police, who were looking for fencing and access points following recent 'trespass incidents'.

Residents living in Cardea and Stanground have also raised concerns of young people using the skate park and families with small children using the play equipment in the park near Oakdale Primary school, despite notices to say it’s closed off.

In the first week of June, Gunthorpe councillor Darren Fower tweeted that notices informing the continued closure of the play area and skate park were ripped off at the recreational play area.