As local residents will know, Southwark Council has suffered as a result of unprecedented cuts Government funding since 2010. The council has had a third of its funding cut.
As a result of these deep cuts, the council has been forced to consider reducing adventure play services. This could have meant that Peckham Rye Adventure Playground, while keeping its weekend sessions, might have lost of its four after-school sessions. Many local people spoke to us about this issue and Renata, Victoria and I were committed to using our local devolved budget to protect the hours to ensure the reduction would have been avoided.
I’m very pleased to tell you that, at last night’s budget setting meeting, we managed to secure a commitment that Peckham Rye Adventure Playground will see no change in opening hours.
We are now taking a look at how the hours are structured to see if it would be possible to open up the playground to more people over the whole of the weekend. Watch this space for further news.