More delay on all-abilities swing repair

Mum Caroline Sharp with baby Hope and daughter Laura are missing the all-abilities swing at Oban Community Playpark

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Families pushing to get an all-abilities swing fixed at Oban’s Community Playpark are facing a longer wait.

Argyll and Bute Council has apologised again to disappointed parents for the delay while a replacement part is found.

There is no indication when that could be but it will be fitted as soon as it arrives.

A council spokesperson said: ‘We appreciate that parents are disappointed the swing has not been repaired and we apologise for the delay.

‘Our supplier did attempt to repair the swing when making other repairs at Atlantis last month. The part they hoped would be suitable was not. They have put an order into the swing’s manufacturer to source an original replacement part and will fit it as soon as it arrives.’

Back in April, The Oban Times reported all areas of the play park should be up and running soon thanks to parent power.

Parents and carers reporting broken equipment and faults at the park were playing a big part in getting the popular play spot fully open again, said Emma D’Arcy who is vice-chairperson of Friends of Oban Community Play Park.

The play park committee has been sharing the council’s fault hotline urging the public to call in and report any problems.

Any new and outstanding issues or faults can be reported by calling, texting or using the online contact form on the Argyll and Bute council website.

In April the council told The Oban Times a contractor who supplied equipment for the park was due to make ‘a special trip’  that week to make repairs and carry out checks.

Families whose youngsters use an all-abilities swing with support in the park and were left with nothing else to play on when it was removed, were hoping it would be fixed and back in use.

Among them was Caroline Sharp whose daughter Hope,  who has low muscle-tone and Down Syndrome, used to enjoy the swing – it was the only piece of equipment in the park she could use.

Emma D’Arcy who is vice chairperson for the play park committee said: ‘That’s a shame it’s going to be delayed even more. It’s very frustrating!’ but added the majority of the equipment in the park had been working recently.

Caption: Mum Caroline Sharp with baby Hope and daughter Laura are missing the all-abilities swing at Oban Community Playpark