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Playpark access for village children at Croy School is up in air

By Donald Wilson

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Highland Council headquarters.
Highland Council headquarters.

Uncertainty remains over access to the playpark for village children at Croy School.

Highland Council has taken over part of what was a public kick-about area adjoining the school to enhance the play facilities for pupils who are losing part of their playground to accommodation for the burgeoning school role.

At Croy and Culloden Community Council members were advised that work on the playpark, which it had hoped to be done during the October holidays, had been delayed to the spring due to drainage issues.

Chairman Bruce Strachan has been seeking clarity over what access there will be for children to the revamped play area, which will be fenced off within the school.

“We are still waiting for answers from Highland Council,” he said. “The headteacher told us the availability to use the playpark could be down to her checking it’s clear of glass and dog fouling and safe for children to play on.

“She is an excellent headteacher but it is not right that responsibility for looking after the playpark and ensuring it is safe is put on her shoulders.

“We’ve been waiting for answers from Highland Council for months.”

Meanwhile a survey of travel plans to ease congestion and safer access at the entrance to the school has been complete but the results are awaited.

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