Children have celebrated the future of Islington’s playgrounds being protected for perpetuity, thanks to a new ruling by Islington Council and associates.
A new rule passed after Islington Council, charity Fields in Trust and Islington Play Association teamed up means the local authority will have to ensure the play spaces are replaced with “like for like” if the land which hosts the playgrounds is earmarked for sale or development.
To celebrate, children visited Lumpy Hill playground, in Market Road, to have a BBQ, sports day, Mystic Meg tent and arts and crafts event.
Andrea Quaintmere, an adventure playground development worker, said: “It means that the children’s play space is now protected, well forever, because a playground would have to be replaced like for like in the event of sale or development.
“A lot of the playgrounds were developed in the 60s so it means a lot for these to be protected like this.”
Toffee Park, Crumbles Castle, Timbuktu, Martin Luther King and Hayward adventure playgrounds will also be protected along with other council play spaces in the borough.
“This is fantastic news for the children and families living in Islington,” says Alina Banionyte, lettings manager at the Islington branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “It is really important that children have the space to play and this news will be welcomed by families for years to come.”