|U-turn on 'pay to play' plans|
|Wednesday, 29 June 2011 00:00|
Wandsworth Council have agreed to rethink their plans to charge entry at Battersea Park playground.
residents signed a petition against the plans, which is the biggest petition
Wandsworth have received on their website to date. Sadiq joined parents from across the borough at a 'play in' to oppose the charges.
Sadiq Khan MP said: “Wandsworth Council has been forced to listen to the common sense of Wandsworth parents – it is shocking that they wanted to introduce a ‘tax on fun’ and charge children to use Battersea Park playground.
"Wandsworth Council may cite the Government’s cuts as the reason for this policy, but I don’t follow the logic when they have £100m in savings.
"This Tory Council see the worldwide recession as a golden opportunity to cut local facilities and services that many residents rely on.
"In the twelve months since they were elected, Wandsworth Council have pushed for the closure of libraries and day centres for the elderly, and have been caught trying to tax parents for taking their children to a playground that has always been free”.
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