Open Norwich City Parks!

Open Norwich City Parks!

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Many families have woken up to the disappointment that Norwich City Council will not be opening their play areas today.

We feel that this decision is not in the best interests of the communities the council serves. For the following reasons we feel the decision is not equitable across our communitues, nor do we feel it is safe:

- Keeping city play areas shut means that people will be encouraged to travel to surrounding districts in Norfolk to use play areas that neighbouring councils have opened which means a potential increase in users in fewer play spaces. This is not safe.

-Service users in city areas are more likely to lack outdoor space and transport, having suffered during the lockdown it is these communities that miss out whilst pubs, shops and other recreation facilities are reopened. This is not fair.

A statement on Norwich City Councils website gives scant justification as to why we are subject to the extended closure of play areas, citing the large amount of play equiptment the council manages and not being able to implement a cleaning regime.

If Norwich City Council is unable to provide this service after nearly 4 months in lockdown, with plenty of time to plan the reopening of play areas in a safe way (which is what neighbouring councils have done), then we, the community of Norwich City are not being served.

We would like to see Norwich City play areas reopen asap. We would like to see a plan that puts families living in the city of Norwich first because it considers the wellbeing, mental health, physical health, social equality of its citizens a priority. 

There will be many families that will choose not to visit play areas at this time but their are many families that would like to be given the chance to weigh up the risks and make the decision themselves.

Ultimately, if pubs can open play areas should open.

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