4jul15 (1)Local community representatives and residents met with council officers earlier this week to discuss their concerns over the future of Portsea Adventure Playground in Aylward Street.

Volunteers working with Portsea Adventure Play Association called for a meeting with council officers after learning of city council restructuring proposals which involved moving staff around the city’s other five adventure playgrounds.

Concerns were raised that the proposals would lead to the popular deputy manager at the site moving elsewhere and possible further changes at the popular play facilities. Pressed on the issue, council staff have provided much-needed assurances to local people that the future of the adventure playground in the heart of Portsea is secure.

Cllr Stephen Morgan, Labour’s deputy group leader, said:

“As a former play worker in the city myself I know consistency in staffing is really important so that children and young people can build a rapport with the staff team. So I share the concerns raised by community representatives at the meeting.

“With such fantastic local people actively involved in the delivery of this service in the heart of Portsea, I think the council needs to do more to engage these volunteers in any proposed changes to the service much earlier on in the process in future.

“Without their passion and willingness to give up their time for free, the service just wouldn’t run. Whilst there is obvious disappointment about the changes to the staff team, we are assured the council have confirmed the future of the popular playground is secure. That’s what our community deserves.”

Portsea Adventure Playground is a free adventure play facility in the heart of Portsmouth, staffed by dedicated and qualified staff supplied by Portsmouth City Council. At adventure playgrounds children make their own choices about what they want to do, motivating them to become independent and boost their confidence.

For more information visit http://www.stephenjmorgan.org / mobile: 073 9800 6935

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