Further delays expected for Haverhill’s Recreation Ground

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Further delays to the completion of one town park have been announced as another opens its gates for summer.

The new, refurbished children’s play area on the Recreation Ground had been set to open to the public over Easter.

But due to a problem with St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s contractors, this had had to be delayed.

It now looks like completion of the play area could take up to another nine weeks.

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “There have been issues with the contractor putting in the play equipment both in the delay of start of work and throughout the installation.

“Although we expect the equipment installation to be finished on Monday (April 27), we will now need to reinstate the grass surface which means the play area may not open for another nine weeks.”

Mayor, Roger André said: “The disappointing thing is it took so long for them to get started in the first place.

“We need it to be up and running by the summer. Nine weeks is pushing it a bit close.

“The concern is it hasn’t been in use for a long time. When you look at it, there seems to be virtually nothing going on.

“Another nine weeks is a long time. You can build houses in less time than that.

“The Rec is very important to the whole town because it’s a resource that people come from all over Haverhill to use. It’s close to the main shopping area and brings people in.”

The equipment being installed on the Rec includes a climbing cube, a cantilever swing, a basket swing, toddler and junior swings, toddler and junior multi-units, two roundabouts, a seesaw and springers, as well as what a council spokesman referred to as a simulated skating item.

Cllr André criticised the council’s management of their contractors.

“I find it incredible the borough are so unable to manage contractors,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s our money they are spending.”

Another play area in Quendon Place opened to the public on Wednesday (April 22) after contractors finished installing swing seats and gates.