Council Cut robs Erskine Kids of Popular Play Area
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Council Cuts mean free exercise facility withdrawn!
We need your support to reinstate a popular Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) facility for children in Erskine.
Throughout the planning process this facility was included in the new development. When asked for specific details, the Council confirmed this resource WOULD be replaced as the new school 3G pitch would be unavailable for use by locals out of school hours.
At the very last planning meeting, the MUGA had been removed from the plans. When this omission was identified, we requested clarification that an area within the boundary of the campus would be reinstated, like for like. During regular updates the Council were confident that sufficient funds would be found within the budget to do so. However, in the past few days, we have received notification from Gordon McKinlay, Head of Education, Renfrewshire Council that this much needed facility would NOT be replaced due to BUDGET CUTS.
This facility has been in use for a number of years, and was an integral part of the community, allowing families an area to socialise, exercise and have fun; whilst offering the kids a safe environment to gain some independence. Streetstuff and other agencies also used the area to host regular FREE youth activities. Other suitable facilities within the area come at a cost and are hugely oversubscribed; therefore their services have had to be withdrawn.
Families are now having to pay for safe, outdoor, exercise facilities because this free resource has been unfairly removed.
This campaign is supported and driven by Community Action for Erskine, your local Development Trust and Erskine Community Council.
We thank Police Scotland, Erskine Youth Council, Bishopton Community Council and Development Trust for their offers of support but most of all we need YOU, the local residents to sign this petition to show Renfrewshire Council that we will not accept these cruel, unwarranted cuts to vital facilities and services in our community.
Please sign our petition to reinstate the MUGA at Bargarran!
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