|£2.50 To Play In Battersea Park Adventure Playground|
Council assures PutneySW15 that there are no plans to charge for Leader Gardens
The Council has launched a pilot scheme to charge entry for 5 - 16 year olds to play at weekends in Battersea Park Adventure Gardens and are being accused by locals in the area of raising a "tax on fun". The Council feels that in times when it needs to make cuts to the services it cannot afford to subsidy children who come from other parts of London to play there.
Some West Putney residents are concerned that although Leader Gardens may not have such a range of facilities would there be a move to charging for all play ground - perhaps at a lesser rate? Currently the only charges in Leader Gardens are for tennis courts @ £6 per hour and tennis lessons which are paid to lifetimetennis.co.uk which rents the courts from the council.
A Council spokesman told PutneySW15:
"Introducing a pilot charging scheme at weekends will allow us to carry on investing in the playground, recoup some of those costs and allow us to continue providing the best value for money we can for our council tax payers. At around half the price of a child's cinema ticket we do not believe the fee is excessive."
May 12, 2011