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Calls made for Parc y Werin in Gorseinon to be locked at night

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

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CALLS have been made to lock up a Swansea park at night after a driver sped across a football field, before abandoning the car after becoming stuck.

Complaints have been made about the mess left behind at Parc y Werin in Gorseinon following the incident.

Councillor Ken Simpkins asked why the gates weren't locked overnight following the incident, which happened on Sunday at 11.30pm.

Mr Simpkins, who raised the matter at a meeting of Gorseinon Town Council, said: "A car was being driven in Parc y Werin quite fast.

"It went onto the football field, got bogged down and had to be abandoned. Another vehicle with chains had to pull it out.

"It made a mess on the right hand side of the park, where the school boys play. Why aren't those gates locked in the evening?"

Gorseinon's county councillor David Lewis made it clear the open park policy was not unique to the town park, but was the case across Swansea.

He said: "This is not something the council will provide as there has to be access to parks 24 hours.

"There is no resource for staff to open the park in the morning and close it in the evening."

Mr Simpkins asked whether parks were ever closed on the basis of health and safety grounds.

He added: "I was told the vehicle was still in the playing field on Monday morning. I wish I had taken a picture of the car."

But Mr Lewis stressed the policy was to have the park open around the clock, and said patrols were carried out at the facility on a routine basis to keep an eye on the situation.

He added: "The PCSOs make it a part of a regular walk around — they are aware of the situation.

"It's such a shame."

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