Monday, March 02, 2020
BRIGG PLAY EQUIPMENT REMOVED FOR SAFETY REASONS
The largest item of equipment on a Brigg play area has been removed for safety reasons.
Loss of the children's slide on the Davy Memorial Recreation Ground - between Bigby Road and Kings Avenue - has been concerning Coun Penny Smith.
But as Coun Smith was unable to attend Brigg Town Council's latest meeting, Coun Ann Eardley raised the issue on her behalf.
An immediate reply came from Coun Carl Sherwood - a town councillor who is also a member of the cabinet at North Lincolnshire Council which operates and manages Brigg's play areas.
Explaining the slide's removal on safety grounds, he said it was no longer fit for purpose. He was now in touch with council officials, inquiring about a replacement.
The Davy Park still has a range of other play equipment - fenced off from the main part of the field.
A memorial stone in one corner of the field carries an inscription explaining that the ground was purchased by Brigg Urban District Council and then maintained by rents from property given by Alderman Joshau Davy JP in memory of his beloved wife.
Football goal posts were eventually added, perhaps during Glanford Borough Council's era (1974-1996).
After that, the park came under the control of the North Lincolnshire unitary authority.
Alderman Davy was a prominent member of Brigg UDC, and in the 1950s a new street on the Springbank estate was named Davy Crescent.
The recently removed slide replaced an earlier and bigger version.
There has been a slide on the park since the early 1960s and possibly longer than that.
Brigg Blog has boyhood memories of using one of them as a 'trainspotting' vantage point while surviving steam locos were still chuffing along the nearby railway line and level crossing. Can anyone confirm a slide being present in the 1950s?