Update 23rd July
Benenden Village Trust is disheartened to report further issues at Benenden Playground.
Littering remains a major issue, and the Trust requests that wherever possible people take their litter home with them. The Trust has requested this specifically at the moment as part of its Covid-19 risk assessment.
Even when the bin is not full, rubbish is discarded on the ground. The litter bin is emptied by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council weekly. On this occasion the Trust has requested an extra empty by TWBC. The litter bin on the opposite side of the Recreation Ground is often empty.
There have also been reports of broken glass in the Village Hall Car Park.
The Trust has also received reports, and seen evidence of, antisocial behaviour with older youths congregating in the playground later in the evening and drinking, smoking substances and hitting the playground equipment with other items.
The village Police Community Support Officer has been informed and advises residents to report at the time by either calling the non-emergency number 101 or by clicking on the Live Chat button on the Kent Police website.
Iden Green Playground remains closed at present until a RoSPA Health and Safety Inspection has been carried out.
If problems continue the Trust will take further action as necessary, which may include closing Benenden Playground.
The Trust pleads with everyone to use the Playground according to current guidelines and to respect this wonderful asset. Please encourage others to do so too.
Benenden Playground is now re-open. Thank you for bearing with Benenden Village Trust whilst it carried out COVID-19 playground risk assessment as required by government.
The Trust has put in place measures and guidance to enable the effective management of the playground to minimise COVID-19 transmission risk.
The Trust is disappointed to have recently found beer bottles and a lighter in the play area itself, as well as nappies, wipes, coffee cups, pizza boxes, gloves and a picnic blanket amongst other things on the Recreation Ground.
We request that everyone acts responsibly and safely, and takes their rubbish home with them, particular during these times, so as to keep all risks of spreading infection to a minimum, as well as showing respect for such a lovely space.
The controls which are now in place are as follows. Users should read all points carefully before using the playground.
- Do not use the playground if any family member has any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus
- The maximum number of users able to use the playground at any one time is 6 children. Accompanying adults may enter the playground at the same time.
- The maximum length of stay if others are waiting to use the playground is ½ hour
- The consumption of food or drink on play equipment or in the playground area is banned
- All litter must be taken home and disposed of
- Entrance and exit gates are signed and must be used accordingly
- Users/carers are encouraged to
- bring cleaning wipes, or similar, to clean equipment, particularly where there are clear touch points
- bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean hands
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm when a tissue is not available and not to touch faces
- do not put mouths on equipment or hands in mouths
- Younger children should be carefully supervised
- Only children from the same household should play on the same piece of equipment at the same time
- Do not overcrowd equipment
- Those waiting to use the playground should wait on the Recreation Ground, observing social distancing and other current government guidance at all times. If the playground is busy, users should consider coming back at a later time. Carers should prepare children for this possibility before visiting
Current government guidance states that face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. Parents should be aware that wearing a face covering in a playground setting could pose an additional safety risk and should use their judgement on whether their children wear a face covering.
Benenden Village Trust will continue to carry out a weekly check of playground equipment.
Benenden Village Trust encourages all users to be patient and mindful of the needs of others.
Please follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above.
Non-adherence to these rules and government guidance may result in the playground being closed.
At present Iden Green Playground remains closed until a Health and Safety Inspection has taken place