Calls for park plans re-think

The Kabin in Loanhead.
The Kabin in Loanhead.

Mums who use the community garden at the Kabin in Loanhead have called for a planned neighbouring play park to be built in a different location.

Two of the mums expressed their concerns at a recent meeting of Loanhead Community Council – the group which suggested to AHR Architects that it puts a park next to the Kabin when it builds 86 homes at the current Paradykes Primary School site.

One of the mums, Julia Critchley, said she was there to represent the parents and toddlers group which use the garden three times a week.

She added: “I want to express our distress at the plans for the development there.

“At the moment we have an opportunity to enhance the community garden but from what I see in these plans we are going to ruin it.

“We are missing an opportunity here to increase the garden. We could teach garden skills to more children and elderly people.

“If the park is put there it would mean more chance for vandalism in the garden. I had never seen these plans before. We just believe it’s never too late to change. It’s not that I don’t want a play park, it’s just I don’t want it there.

“A community garden is an important thing and they could make it bigger and better. It could give the Kabin more space for growing.”

Loanhead Community Council chairman Pat Kenny said it was “not impossible” to get the developer to change its plans. He added: “We requested the play area there to enhance green space, as we have lost a lot of green space all over Loanhead. We thought we were doing the right thing at the time.

“There has been plenty of time for consultation, but if you don’t want the swing park area we will try to get it somewhere else. I will write to the council and the developer to highlight this. I don’t think there will be a problem.

“The Kabin is a great asset for the community, they do a great job.”