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Council works quickly to reopen play equipment

Published on Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Following an arson attack on a climbing tower at Riversley Park, NBBC worked quickly to ensure that the play equipment was available for use again as soon as possible.

The very top part of the pyramid climbing tower was set on fire on Sunday 16 April and although it didn’t take hold significantly, it caused damage to some of the wood in the upper section. The fire service attended and doused the whole unit to extinguish the fire. It was closed at 7pm and reopened at lunchtime yesterday, Tuesday 18 April.

The tower has been thoroughly checked over for structural integrity and found to be safe with the exception of the top area, which has been isolated. It may be necessary to modify the unit for future use and NBBC officials will be meeting with the manufacturers to discuss the options available. The costs of work are currently unknown.

NBBC is one of the few local authorities to maintain its CCTV service and images from the Park’s cameras have been made available to the police.

Phil Richardson, Director of Governance and Recreation said:

“The play area at Riversley Park is a much valued local amenity and it’s especially popular during school holidays. Council staff worked hard over the bank holiday to ensure that period of closure was kept to the absolute minimum. We are assisting the police with their investigations into the arson attack and have made footage from our CCTV cameras available to them. We understand that the footage has provided some leads that the police are following up.

”Of course, anyone encountering criminal activity of this nature should report it to the police immediately.“