EK Greens are calling for proper local consultation and greater community involvement on parks and play areas after visiting Half Merke North Park in Calderwood, which local councillors voted to close on 11th May.
South Lanarkshire Council has rubberstamped the closure of many local playparks in a recent committee. A full list of parks set to close is available below.
Greens analysis of the issue highlights some concerns.
1. The council's criteria for closure fails to take into account the number of children living in the local area.
2. The committee report doesn't mention the opportunity to engage communities in retaining or redeveloping their parks.
3. The only alternative mentioned for 'surplus sites' is selling them off.