THE installation of replacement play equipment after an arson in Bournemouth was delayed due to a need for “favourable weather”.
A piece of equipment at Moordown Recreation Centre was completely destroyed during a fire in last summer – just weeks after it had been installed.
Firefighters had to attend the scene on the evening of June 3, while police launched an investigation as it was believed to have been a blaze that was started deliberately.
Months went by without the equipment being replaced, but the new carousel has now been installed.
At a BCP Council meeting on April 26, Moordown resident Kate Salmon asked why it had taken so long to replace.
Cllr Mark Anderson, portfolio holder for environment and place, said: “The two ward councillors and I were extremely disappointed and concerned that a new piece of play equipment was the target of an arson attack last summer, which was subsequently reported to the Police.
“Due to the determined and swift action of ward councillors Sarah Anderson and Beverley Dunlop, we were able to secure funding for a replacement carousel within weeks, the new equipment was delivered in October 2021.
“Safety surfacing for play equipment must be installed in favourable weather and we are all delighted that the new carousel is now in place in the park, as are the many local families who have expressed their appreciation."
Dorset Police said no arrests had been made over the arson.