Improvement to disabled access at two local parks in Devon has been “significantly delayed” by the coronavirus pandemic.
Devon Live reported that councillors on Monday heard how plans to make Bideford’s Victoria Park and Pollyfield more disability-friendly had been affected by COVID-19.
It went on to explain how at the full council meeting on August 6, Cllr Dermot McGeough requested an update on the Play Strategy which will dictate a programme of renewal for all play areas across the district.
It will also see disabled wheelchair swings installed in the park.
In response, Sean Kearney, planning and economy manager, said: “Disability play provision is a consideration in the preparation of the Play Strategy. The Play Strategy has been significantly delayed as a result of staff sickness and the COVID-19 but a draft is due to be considered at External Overview and Scrutiny Committee in September 2020.
“If approved, the document will progress to Community and Resources Committee for adoption and it will then be used as a guiding document for the council that will assist in deciding where the Council’s priorities for investment in that area should be.”
Cllr David Brenton, chairman of the council, added: “This is important and us in Torridge could set an example. I have been to plenty of other play parks with my grandchildren and you don’t see them.”
While McGeough concluded: “Unfortunately, COVID-19 has put us 100 paces back. I just want to see it implemented as soon as possible when the strategy is up and running.”