'Outrage' at Bulwark play area leaflets delivered by Helston's have-a-go-hero

'Outrage' at Bulwark play area leaflets delivered by Helston's have-a-go-hero

'Outrage' at Bulwark play area leaflets delivered by Helston's have-a-go-hero

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Work started this week on installing play equipment in public gardens near Helston’s Bulwark and Albion Roads, despite a last-ditch bid to stop the project by the town’s “have-a-go-heroine”.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, who earlier this year intervened in a high-profile London murder, spent the weekend distributing leaflets to local residents calling on them to voice opposition to the £36,000 scheme, which will see five swings and a climbing frame provided for children aged two-12.

Two weeks ago Ms Loyau-Kennett, from Bulwark Road, was presented with a bravery award in recognition of her efforts in the aftermath of the killing of fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May.

She kept an armed man talking until police arrived. It was the latest plaudit for mother-of-two Ms Loyau-Kennett, who last month received a Special Certificate of Exceptional Endeavour at the Cornish Gorsedh in Penryn.

But on Saturday she upset some of her neighbours by distributing a leaflet which described the play equipment as “an amusement park” and warning it would lead to vandalism, drinking, fighting and other anti-social behaviour.

Her leaflets invited residents to indicate if they were “happy to get an amusement park close to home” and if it was “worth the risk to see our residential area looking like a council house estate from the 1970s?”

Ms Loyau-Kennett described her leaflet as a questionnaire and said she would report the answers to a town council meeting on Thursday.

Julia Eddy, who chairs the Bulwark Road Friends and Residents Group, said local people were outraged by the leaflet. “Everyone is extremely upset about this The entire estate is in uproar”, she said.

“The leaflet is so misleading – all we’re doing is installing a modest amount of play equipment for relatively young children. We’ve been working towards this, raising money and getting grants, for three years now.

“Work on installing the play equipment started on Monday so I have no idea what she hopes to achieve.”

Helston police confirmed that last month they received complaints of anti-social behaviour in Bulwark and Albion road and were stepping up patrols in the area.

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1:56pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I find the comment about the 1970s council house estates derogatory and discriminatory. In the distributed leaflets it additionally mentions public money being spent to build the play area. It is not public money, the money has come from fund raising and grants.
The effort to achieve this children's play area has been a long, hard and well worked for effort which has finally come to fruition. It has had the backing of many people including the representative councillor for the area Councillor Andrew Wallis. I believe respect should be shown to all involved for their efforts in achieving something which they did not just sit back and expect to be given freely with no effort.
Please let these people enjoy the rewards of their hard earned efforts.
I find the comment about the 1970s council house estates derogatory and discriminatory. In the distributed leaflets it additionally mentions public money being spent to build the play area. It is not public money, the money has come from fund raising and grants. The effort to achieve this children's play area has been a long, hard and well worked for effort which has finally come to fruition. It has had the backing of many people including the representative councillor for the area Councillor Andrew Wallis. I believe respect should be shown to all involved for their efforts in achieving something which they did not just sit back and expect to be given freely with no effort. Please let these people enjoy the rewards of their hard earned efforts. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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