Tenancy provider Saffron Housing Trust confirmed it would be making amendments to a well-used green in Diss from next week and admitted that it should have addressed safety issues surrounding the area much sooner.
Concerns were recently voiced regarding the condition of a plot situated behind the Premier Convenience Store on Skelton Road frequently used by children for ball games, which some claim had been in an “unsafe” state for more than two years, and earlier this month, the matter was formally raised with South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.
Saffron Housing stated this week that works would commence on Tuesday, September 2 to remove portions of damaged fencing and install bollards to prevent any potential vehicle access to the site.
Adam Ronaldson, chief executive of Saffron Housing, said: “I was made aware of the issues and we have made the decisions we should have done. It’s probably taken us longer than it should have.”
A Saffron spokesperson added: “We accept that we have taken too long and we absolutely hold up our hands for that.”
The trust did reiterate, however, that the green in question was not actually a play area, despite a sign on the fence saying ball games could be played by children under the age of 11.”
Mr Ronaldson said: “Putting up a sign does not make it a play area. We are sure the land does not have any official designated use.
Tracy Allen, a mother-of-three from St Mary’s Drive, told the Diss Express last week that the area had been in a state of disrepair for 18 months and was ‘unsafe’ for nearby residents.