Furore over plan not to fence

Mixed debate: Some locals disagree with a plan by Tamworth Regional Council not to fence off the Tamworth Regional Playground. Photo: 210816PHF29COUNCILLORS might have said no to fencing off a popular Tamworth playground but locals are split over the issue.
Nanjing Night Net

Dozens of people went online to have their say on the weekend after The Leader revealed why councillors have ruled out fencing off the Tamworth Regional Playground.

Councillor Juanita Wilson said council would not fence off the playground onKable Ave, despite concerns over vandalism, instead, opting to “deal with the problems”.

Similarly, crime prevention chair and deputy mayor Russell Webb said a fence “was never about cost, it’s about amenity of the facility”.

But locals are divided, andKarlie May Wheeler said the issue wasn’t just about security at night.

“It’s about kids being able to run out on a busy road so close to the goddamn playground,” she said online.

“I’ve never been and will never go until there is a fence there for our kids to be safe.”

Tamworth’s Nicole Parkinson agreed and said the area should be cordoned off.

“By fencing the playground it is saying that a significant amount of our money has been spent on the asset and it is fenced to protect the investment against damage,” she said.

“Who needs to bein a playground after dark anyway?”

Many locals said the playground was sandwiched betweenthe busy Kable Ave as well as the Peel River, and safety shoud take priority over the look of the playground.

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