Rutland County Council could put security fencing back up in order to remove play equipment that it provided funding for.

The authority gave more than £47,000 for the facilities in Whissendine from a £12,500 government Playbuilder grant and a £35,000 donation from a housing developer. Now it may consider removing the play area as it has not got the correct planning permission.

Permission for play equipment at The Banks was originally granted in 1972 but a separate application for equipment on a smaller section of the land was submitted in 1979.

Now, while it has been claimed that the original application is still valid, following complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour in the area the council may review it.

Jen Lacey, Whissendine Parish Council clerk, told the Melton Times: "We are very surprised. Rutland County Council has channelled most of the money towards this project and targeted this site. It seems they are giving with one hand and taking with the other."

Elsewhere, Basildon's Gloucester Park is to get a new lake and improved play area as part of a £1.4 million scheme to revitalise the site.

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