I am a resident of Alvechurch or the surrounding area and am concerned to hear that there may be a decision made to remove the Swanslength MUGA from Alvechurch following complaints made by some residents. I understand that the decision regarding the MUGA is to be made at a Council meeting next Wednesday 2nd June 2010.
I have children and as a local resident with limited play facilities, whilst the newly refurbished playground is good for young children there are no other all weather facilities in the village, or play facilities in an open, safe and easy access space which are suitable for older children. Any other play options in the village get waterlogged, are for young children only or are remote from the main residential areas and involve crossing main roads. Whilst I understand there have been some complaints of antisocial behaviour by a minority after 10.00pm at night, this should not be used to deprive the majority of young people within the village who use it during the day and early evenings.
Surely there are other options which should be considered to manage this, rather than remove a well-used facility which has only recently been purchased and installed? This would not be best use of public money in the current climate and provides no guarantee that any problems will be resolved.
I am concerned that decisions may be rushed into without the opportunity for young people, parents and local residents to properly have their views sought and included in any decision making, especially if this decision is made during this half-term week.
If there are any meetings regarding this I would like these views to be taken into account.
I sign this digital petition to register my support for saving the Alvechurch MUGA.