Children Locked Out Of Playground Because The Equipment Is Too Bright!

14/08/2014 16:47 | Updated 22 May 2015

A brand new children's playground in a new housing development has been sealed off for months – because it is supposedly too brightly coloured.

The play area was a major attraction for families who paid up to £500,000 for properties on the estate Corinium Via estate in Cirencester.

But when the play area was completed last summer by developers Redrow Homes, some locals complained that the size and primary colour scheme of the playground were not 'in keeping' with the area and nearby homes in Cotswold stone.

The playground remained sealed behind high fences and local children have never been allowed to play on the red slide and wooden climbing frame.

Elizabeth Lloyd, 33, says her daughter Isabella, four, and two-year-old son Jonty (photographed above) are desperate to play at the playground they can see from their bedroom windows.

She told local paper The Gloucestershire Echo: "It's ridiculous, the only people complaining are people who don't have children. My husband and I bought our house specifically because it was going to overlook the park, but I'm sick of staring at an iron fence."

"Due to concerns raised by some residents over the new playground's colour scheme at Kingshill, Cirencester, the opening has been delayed," a Redrow spokesman told the BBC.

"In response to the complaints, Redrow has agreed with residents and Cotswold District Council to adjust the colour of the equipment and move a few play items further away from dwellings."

Once approved by the council, the company said the play area would open "without further delay".

Samantha Ralston, who lives nearby, said she had been lobbying for the park for the Corinium Via estate for the past two years and the delay was 'complete nonsense'.

"Who wants their child to grow up and play in a world that has no colours," she said.

Does this strike you as absurd? It doesn't look bright or big to us!

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