From the Overstrand Millennium Group…
Overstrand Village Playground
As many of you are aware the Overstrand children’s playground is operated and maintained by The Overstrand Millennium Group with financial help in recent years from Overstrand Together.
We are now being asked why the children’s playground is not open now that the Covid-19 lockdown has been released somewhat, especially as other playgrounds are now open.
The government guidance says that we should have signage to advise parents and children about what is needed, as well as maintaining cleaning of the high touch points on a regular basis.
The signage is not expensive (£150 to £200 roughly). However regular cleaning of high touch points is an issue. We have been advised by North Norfolk District Council that they have a fogging machine to disinfect the equipment they are responsible for. They also told us that though they have put signage up it is a constant battle as it gets removed (why would anyone do that!).
Overstrand Millennium Group can certainly put up signs and we could buy a fogging machine to disinfect but and it is a very big but.
Overstrand Millennium Group is a charity with a number of responsible Trustees and the Trustees are personally responsible in the event of there being any come back resulting from issues with the playground. This is very different to playgrounds operated by councils where individuals are not at risk.
The trustees have unanimously decided that we are not prepared to open with that risk hanging over our heads.
We hope that this explains our position and why the playground will remain closed for now.