Leicester has nine amazing (if serially underfunded) adventure playgrounds spread out across our fine city, all of which provide vital services to our communities; providing nurturing and fun environments for our children in some of our most hard-done-by estates. Considering that all children can use these facilities for free, these essential public services come at a fairly marginal financial cost to the taxpayer. Nevertheless it is a low cost that our privatising-loving Labour Council have long been reluctant to shoulder.
Thus we have the dire situation where for the past eight years the already meagre operating budgets of these playgrounds has been frozen at around £100,000 per year (for each centre); not a problem that bears any relation to Sir Peter Soulsby’s salary. Take for instance the example of Northfields Playbarn on Gypsy Lane, whose budget has remained static at approximately £120,000 for the past eight years… CONTINUED HERE.