Conservative councillors are fighting to get a popular Stoke Gifford play park back into use following a fire at the weekend.
Cllr Neel DasGupta and Cllr Keith Cranney, Stoke Gifford’s Conservative members of South Gloucestershire Council, are urging the local authorities to do all they possibly can to ensure the Mead Park children’s play area is rebuilt and reopened as quickly as possible.
On Saturday 17 June, a fire completely destroyed the play park.
In a bid to get the popular play area back open, Neel and Keith have been working with the Stoke Gifford Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council to explore options.
At a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s new Labour-Liberal Democrat Cabinet earlier this week, Neel formally appealed to the administration for help, citing upset from local residents that their play park has been lost.
Unfortunately, the Labour Cabinet member responded to say she was unaware of the incident and was unable to provide the assurance that Neel had sought.
Neel and Keith have nevertheless vowed to continue to campaign to get the play park reopened as quickly as possible.
Neel said: “It’s very sad that this popular play park was destroyed by a devastating fire at the weekend, and I’m keen to see our local authorities commit to rebuild and reopen it quickly.
“I have already spoken to a number of residents who have expressed their upset at losing the play park and I’m determined to do all I can to get it back into use.
“Facilities such as play parks are hugely important in order to ensure children have safe areas to play.”