Sunday 24 October 2004 8.05pm
I have spent quite a lot of time over the past four months trying to bid for regeneration funding for play equipment for 5-14 year olds. There is none at the moment in Archbishops Park, the play space at Millennium Green is locked at weekends and much of the rest of the week, whilst Jubilee Gardens
is mainly for younger kids and very busy.
Though there is £19 million to help combat deprivation in this area, this bid has been turned down. We can have stuff for joggers, and Lambeth say that they plan to bid next year for a new and expensive football pitch. But play ground equipment....no.
People moan about kids hanging around street corners, or on estates. But till we give them a space they can have, they don't have anywhere to go.
I find it heartbreaking.