We the undersigned are against Labour Kirklees Council proposal to close local play areas in Almondbury Ward.
Kirklees Council want to close 137 play areas. They are proposing to close play areas at Canby Grove (Waterloo), Greenlea Court (Dalton), Finthorpe Rec (Almondbury), Hanby Close (Fenay Bridge) and Croftflat Drive (Fenay Bridge).
Children need play spaces to develop social and emotional development, to interact with other children, keep healthy, build self-esteem, enjoyment. Independent research says that playgrounds are among the most important environments for children outside the home. Many parents, grandparents carers etc don't have the means nor the funds to take children miles away to find a safe and secure play area.
Almondbury Ward Councillor, Bernard McGuin said: "I have had many complaints via phone calls, emails, social media messages and local residents in the local community that have told me they are against our play areas being taken away".