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Residents and Ealing LibDems question time being taken by Ealing Council to fix Southfield Recreation Ground trampoline

Following concerns by residents and after a year of not working, Ealing Council has confirmed that it intends to fix the trampoline facilities at Acton’s Southfield Recreation Ground.

The trampoline was reported as not working in August 2022 and Ealing Liberal Democrats and locals have been challenging the council to fix it.

Speaking to EALING.NEWS, a mother with her family questioned why it has taken so long to fix the trampoline.  She said: “My son and his friends loved the trampoline here but it has been out of action for a year and there’s no signs anywhere in the area to saw what is happening. It shouldn’t take a year to get a new trampoline.”

The concerned parent added: “They should also do something to cover up the area as well. It’s dangerous to leave it like this.”

Trampoline area at Acton's Southfield Recreation Ground. Photo: EALING.NEWS

Trampoline area at Acton’s Southfield Recreation Ground. Photo: EALING.NEWSLiberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, Leader of the Opposition and Southfield Councillor challenged the council over delays in fixing it: “The Labour administration is depriving local children in Acton and Chiswick of outdoor activity at a time when household budgets are constrained and access to community facilities such as playgrounds are essential to the health of our young communities. Liberal Democrats believe that faulty equipment should be fixed within a matter of weeks not years!”

An Ealing Council spokesperson told EALING.NEWS: “The trampoline at Southfield Recreation ground needed to be removed for safety reasons, which we know is a real disappointment for children and their families.”

They added: “We have worked hard to secure additional funding to invest into our playgrounds, which was confirmed earlier in the summer. That means that we are hoping to have the trampoline net replaced and other upgrade works started in the next few months.”

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