Alastair Majury On Dunblane Anger At Lack of Summer Holidays Play Provision

Laighhills Park has been out of use during the 2018 Summer School Holidays

The play area in Laighhills park in Dunblane has been receiving an upgrade as a result of funding from section 75 developer contribution. The park has reportedly been out of use since late May and although the developer was due to complete the works by late July, due to the dry summer weather the park was still out of use in early August. Council officers decided to pursue the upgrade during the summer holidays rather than waiting until the Autumn to complete the works.

This has meant that a key play area in Dunblane has been out of use for the duration of the summer holidays. A number of residents have contacted local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury who have reported witnessing children being distraught when realising that they can’t go on the swings, and families travelling from as far afield as Kirkudbright and Aberdeen to have a family re-union picnic in the Laighhills only to discover that their children were unable to play in the park. Residents have also reported that they feel local businesses have likely been impacted as people who bring their wonder back to the historic centre of Dunblane to buy ice creams, have a coffee, lunch, etc.

Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“I am well aware of the anger felt by the local community that during one of the best summers that we have had for years that children have been unable to enjoy the play area in the Laighhills park. Coupled with the Playbus being unexpectedly sold this has meant Dunblane has witnessed a serious reduction in play provision this summer. I would urge that any future upgrades to play areas take place outwith summer holidays.”

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.