How a generation missed out on play in Cawston

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Children on a major Rugby estate look likely to get a long-promised play area – more than a decade late.

Officials say a generation of youngsters living in the Cawston Grange development have missed out on facilities that should have been provided long ago.

And following years of negotiations with the developers, Rugby Borough Council has now decided to build the play area itself.

Sean Lawson, the borough council’s head of environmental services, said: “A generation of young people have not had the benefit of a significant play facility.

“This absence should not be permitted to continue.”

In his report to the council’s cabinet, he added: “The reputation of the council is at risk as 15 years after it received planning permission, the principal open space at the heart of the development is not adopted and is without any play facilities.”

The play area will be paid for by the developer at an undisclosed cost. The council plans to begin work on the site in the next few weeks and complete the facilities before the end of the summer holidays.

Mr Lawson said: “The council has significant experience in delivering high quality play facilities across the borough and as such is confident that it will be delivered on time and on budget.”

Mr Lawson did not specify a cause for the delay, saying only that it resulted from “a variety of reasons.”

But Cawston Grange resident Lesley Morris believes it’s symptomatic of a wider problem with the estate.

She said: “My view is that Cawston Grange is the development that the developers and the borough council forgot.

“The play area is a two-sided coin. It would be great to have the facility, but would this attract gangs of kids to hang about at all hours?”