Less than 48 hours after Inside Croydon reported on the concern of Selhurst families over the closure of a local open space, today the gates of Boulogne Road Recreation Ground had been reopened, the padlocks removed.
A community group had expressed well-founded worries that the cash-strapped council might try to flog off their children’s playground to help pay-off its debts.
CASSA – Community Action for Selhurst and Surrounding Areas – described Croydon Council as “being very questionable right now” when they locked the park gates on Friday without any advance notice.
A council official from the “parks liaison team” had sent an email to the residents’ group which referred to “the many problems at Bolougne [sic] road”. The email claimed that children’s safety was at risk, and blamed a “lack of cooperation” for the enforced closure.
By this morning, it seems that those “many problems” had somehow been overcome.
“Gates open!,” a CASSA volunteer tweeted.
“Now looking to hear from the parks office to see how we can work together to improve this space!”
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