Residents in a quiet area of Larkholme in Fleetwood say their fears of noise and disruption from a controversial outdoor gym have started to become an unwelcome reality.
Plans for the £35,000 outdoor facility were approved last month – despite an effort by unhappy residents to scrap the scheme, following a 60-name petition.
People living on Roundway complained that they were not consulted by Wyre Council over its plans for the gym on a field near their homes and voiced fears it could prove a magnet for vandals and unruly youths.
Now residents say children are already using the equipment – originally intended for use by older folk – and were playing on the various items before the concrete bases had even set. Residents say the eight or nine youngsters made so much noise it was almost intolerable.
Julie Rooney, whose parents, Neil and Cathy Thawley, live directly next door to the site, said: “This play area has been erected in front of their bungalow and it is right across the road. We understood it was meant to be for the older generation to exercise, but we have now been told it is for children as well. The problems have already started with children on it and the noise was so bad we couldn’t sit in the front room and hear the TV.”
Cathy Thawley, 68, added: “Neighbours called the police but nothing happened. This summer is going to be horrendous, especially if older youths come, and nobody will listen to us. This thing is just in the wrong place.”
A Wyre Council spokeswoman said the council would be happy to look at issues if and when they rise.
Speaking earlier about the scheme, she added that the £35,000 had originally been earmarked for a children’s play area but its use had been reconsidered to better reflect the age ranges of the population, following consultation.
She said: “We have since consulted with ward councillors over the plans and they were invited to visit residents directly affected by the scheme. We also consulted with police who have not raised any issues.”