A LOCAL councillor this week said he is “appalled” that an upgrade of the Seafront Splash play area will extend into the school summer holiday.
David May said he has contacted Angus Council’s neighbourhood services director Ron Ashton with a “series of questions” about the project’s timing.
The council has started replacing some of the popular facility’s play equipment as part of a phased six-week programme. Although the authority has maintained that children’s access will not be affected Henry Pinder, owner of the beachfront cafe, last week criticised the move as being detrimental to the town and his business at a busy time of year.
Councillor May said he was “delighted” to see the report on the equipment’s replacement on last Tuesday’s neighbourhood services agenda, but “astonished” to find the next day that work was starting and would continue into July.
He said: “I visited the Splash to see for myself what was being done, and spoke to the cafe owner about the issues.
“As a result I have been in contact with the director with a series of questions as I am appalled that the work is taking place now and will continue into the main tourist season. I cannot understand why the work was not programmed to be done outwith the tourist season as there are so many months when the work could be done without having any adverse effect on families visiting the Splash and our visitors.”
An Angus Council spokeswoman said the holiday period has been taken into account during the scheme and the play area will remain open throughout the holiday. The bulk of the heavy work will be carried out in the three weeks up to the holidays after which sections of the play area being dealt with one at a time.
Councillor Jeanette Gaul, the council’s leisure services spokeswoman, also said this week that delays in the supply of play equipment have made completion before the school holidays “impossible”.
She said: “The new equipment has now arrived and we’re pulling out all the stops to get as much of it installed as we can in the next few weeks. The Seafront Splash will be open while work continues in discrete areas and all will be completed as soon as possible.
“With the adjacent beach area once again achieving the Resort Seaside Award Flag from Keep Scotland Beautiful, all we need now is some summer sunshine so we can make the most of these great outdoor facilities.”