ePetition details

Disability park equipment at Central Park

We the undersigned petition the council to Install a wheelchair accessible swing and repair the existing disability friendly swing at Central Park play area.

The disability swing at Central Park has been damaged on multiple occasions. We would like the council to install a new wheelchair, friendly swing and repair and replace the existing disability swing at Central Park’s play area. This is a vital piece of equipment for inclusion of all children with disabilities. This will help with social emotional and physical development. This will become a vital and important part of Central Park for the inclusion of everyone.

Started by: Karl Mercer (Friends of Central Park)

This ePetition ran from 04/10/2022 to 15/11/2022 and has now finished.

80 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Thank you for submitting this petition asking that a wheelchair accessible swing be provided in Central Park and that the damaged disability friendly swing be repaired.

The provision of a wheelchair accessible swing was first raised, as a question from the public, at the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee on Thursday 21 July 2022. Since then, Officers from the Council's Parks & Countryside Service, who have the responsibility for providing and maintaining Council play equipment, have explored this further with the member of the public that raised the question. Officers from the service are seeking funding for a wheelchair accessible swing both for Central Park and for Birkenhead Park. The cost of wheelchair accessible swings has been estimated at £20,000 per swing, once funding has been secured these swings will be provided.

The damaged disable friendly swing has been replaced. Unfortunately swings and disable friendly swings across Wirral’s play areas are used by some irresponsible dog owners as a ‘jaw strengthening tool’ for their dogs. In order to reduce further incidents of this nature in Central Park, both Community Patrol and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team have been asked to provide increased attention.