Sussex

Four Crawley playgrounds closed after child injured

  • 10 April 2014
  • From the section Sussex
Cherry Lane Adventure Playground
Image caption The Cherry Lane Adventure Playground in Crawley has been closed

Four adventure playgrounds in Crawley have been closed after a eight-year-old boy was injured while playing in one.

He was hurt on Tuesday while using equipment at the Cherry Lane Adventure Playground, in Crawley.

Crawley Borough Council has closed that playground and announced three others will also shut while their safety is assessed.

The council said the Health and Safety Executive has inspected the playground and will not take enforcement action.

The other playgrounds closed are Waterlea, in Furnace Green; Millpond, in Bewbush, and Creasys Drive, in Broadfield.

'Testing timbers'

A council spokeswoman said: "We are sorry about the accident and we have passed on our thoughts to the boy and his family. We wish him a full recovery and are available to speak with them whenever they are ready.

"We will begin a general condition survey of every piece of wooden play equipment across all four playgrounds shortly, regardless of how they are constructed. This will include testing the timbers and ground conditions."

She added that the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) checked the equipment nine weeks ago and deemed the equipment as low-risk and safe to use.

On Wednesday, Sussex Police said the child was in a stable condition in hospital.

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