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Leverburgh playpark is no longer safe for children to play and has been closed to the public.

But the playpark committee hopes that the disappointment of losing such a popular asset to the village will start the ball rolling on a newly refurbished, safe and happy play space.

A full condition survey was recently carried out and found that the park had structural defects, meaning it is no longer safe to let children play there.

The committee says this won’t surprise anyone who has visited lately, as the playpark has been looking very tired and past its best for a while now.

Their spokesperson said: “We are obviously very sad to share this news but look at this as the catalyst for moving forward the plans for a new playpark.

“To get the ball rolling, there will be another public meeting to form a working group in the café area of the Leverhulme Community Hub, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 September.”

Leverhulme Playpark, pictured above, was established with the help of a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery’s Awards for All fund in 2008.

In 2017 it was one of the playparks prioritised by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for retention and funding, along with playparks in Scalpay, at Sir E Scott school and on Macqueen Street in Tarbert.

In August 2022 Scalpay Playpark reopened after a refurbishment supported by crowd-funding and community involvement.

The picture shows youngsters at the reopening of the Scalpay Playpark in August 2022 (Scalpay Community Association).