Diss mum urges action to be taken over ‘unsafe’ green

A mother-of-three from Diss has called for action to be taken over the condition of a grass area popular among children, which she feels has been in an “extremely unsafe” state for over 18 months.

Tracy Allen, 34, a resident of St Mary’s Drive, Diss for the last 27 years, says she and many neighbours had grown increasingly concerned about the safety of a section of public green, located behind the Premier Convenience Store on Skelton Road, since the surrounding wire-mesh fence was badly damaged more than two years ago.

Mrs Allen, whose children are aged 15, nine and six, respectively, contacted the office of South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, which has since taken the matter up with Adam Ronaldson, chief executive of Saffron Housing Trust, the body responsible for the play area’s upkeep.

She told the Diss Express: “That fencing needs to be repaired and made safe. It’s as simple as that.

“I won’t let my children play there unless they are supervised. It’s not safe for the boys and girls who play there but it’s also not safe for the residents who walk by it to go to the shop.

“If you got a big gust of wind, the whole fence could come down.”

She added that the fencing was now imposing for nearby residents when entering and leaving their back gardens.

A spokesperson for Saffron Housing said the issue had been discussed and that they would be removing the lower portion of the fencing at an unspecified future date.

However, they also stated that although Saffron does own the land in question, it is not actually an officially recognised play area,

This contradicts a South Norfolk Council sign on the fence saying ball games can be played by children under the age of 11.

According to Mrs Allen, the green previously had a climbing frame and children’s play equipment, which were removed prior to the handover of the land to Saffron Housing.