Community leaders have hit out at after Wrexham Council said it had no money to jointly fund an “urgent” refurbishment of children’s play equipment.
It follows a site visit to Bellevue Park by Wrexham Council’s parks boss Martin Howarth and members of Offa Community Council.
The visit revealed work was needed on both the toddlers’ and juniors’ play areas and there was a need to improve facilities for disabled people.
Over the years, the community council has spent thousands of pounds match funding the play areas, but Mr Howarth told them Wrexham Council has no spare cash in the budget to help.
County councillor Alun Jenkins told the community council: “Offa can be very proud of its match funding, which over the years has enabled the council to budget £20,000 a year to look at the play areas in the community on a rota basis and carry out improvements.
“It also enabled the council to provide superior street lights and other such facilities, such as pedestrian crossings. But Wrexham Council no longer has the money to match fund.”
Cllr Michael Kells said: “We have spent thousands over the years. Now when we really need help, we don’t get it.”
Cllr Linda Subacchi said: “It is supposed to be the town’s top park and yet the authority will not help the community. I think it is wrong.”
County councillor Phil Wynn failed to get support when he suggested Wrexham Council should be urged to prepare grant aid applications to environmental agencies. He said the play areas needed urgent attention and the tennis courts needed resurfacing and fencing repairs.
Cllr Wynn said the total bill could come to £60,000.
It could take two years to discover if grant bids were successful and if Offa did not act quickly it could get competition for grant aid from other community councils.
Cllr Subacchi said councillors should not spend a penny on preparations when they did not know the exact costs involved.
The community council decided to ask Wrexham Council to have a consultation with park users to see what they wanted. Wrexham officials should then draw up a plan of the cost and report back to the community council.