Residents on Five Links estate slam housing association for playground delay

Basildon Recorder: Edward Gallagher has criticised Swan Housing for taking two years to build a playground and play area on the Five Links estate. Edward Gallagher has criticised Swan Housing for taking two years to build a playground and play area on the Five Links estate.

FAMILIES have criticised a housing association for taking two years to build a playground and play area on their estate.

Two years ago Swan Housing agreed to replant trees around Laindon’s Five Links estate after they were pulled down to make way for new homes and an access road.

They also promised a much-needed green space and play area to provide entertainment for youngsters after older equipment was removed.

Edward Gallagher, 60, of Newberry Side, said: “The idea of this estate was that cars would be kept on the outside and the inside would be for the children to play freely.

“Now they have even built a brand new road right through the middle of the estate. There’s a small green area but no play equipment or a proper park. The children on this estate need and deserve a nice area.”

A £27million regeneration project began on Five Links in 1995 to build 600 new homes and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on the once-troubled estate.

Residents now fear that Swan Housing has run out of money and finishing touches may not be made to the scheme.

Mr Gallagher added: “Me and my neighbours have all tried getting in touch with Swan Housing but all they keep saying is that they don’t know anything about it. It makes you think whether they’ve run out of money.

“They’ve put trees up around the front houses but once you get to the middle of the estate it’s just been left.”

Swan Housing claim that once Basildon Council give the go ahead for the playground, work will begin.

A spokesman said: “Swan is committed to providing new play equipment at the play area in Newberry Side. The previous play equipment had to be removed as it was considered to be dangerous. Swan will be re-equiping the play area with up-to-date equipment.”
 

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4:34pm Mon 11 Feb 13

echoforum says...

Thousands of people all looking out of their windows waiting for some else to do something for them..again!
Most don't work or contribute at all ,but all expect their discount home provider to run around for them...if you want something- try raising some money as a community ,seeing your so community minded..lol
Thousands of people all looking out of their windows waiting for some else to do something for them..again! Most don't work or contribute at all ,but all expect their discount home provider to run around for them...if you want something- try raising some money as a community ,seeing your so community minded..lol echoforum

7:09pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

could be worse, could have taken as long as the mythical redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre
could be worse, could have taken as long as the mythical redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre Cosmo Spring

3:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

perini says...

You could always move to a nice private house and install your own play equipment instead of expecting the tax payer to subsidise your surroundings!
You could always move to a nice private house and install your own play equipment instead of expecting the tax payer to subsidise your surroundings! perini

12:18pm Mon 18 Feb 13

johnson73` says...

as living on this estate an d work full time and pay all rent ........does this inculde me .... as i live in laindon does that mean we dont work and take drugs all the time ..... no it does not .... make me sick when everyone tars the estate for being so bad and we are all scum bags !!!!!!!!! when we are not . i have children . work . pay tax .. so y shouldnt my kids have a play area
as living on this estate an d work full time and pay all rent ........does this inculde me .... as i live in laindon does that mean we dont work and take drugs all the time ..... no it does not .... make me sick when everyone tars the estate for being so bad and we are all scum bags !!!!!!!!! when we are not . i have children . work . pay tax .. so y shouldnt my kids have a play area johnson73`

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