Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bulldozers Move in as Protesters Move out at Playground

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bulldozers Move in as Protesters Move out at Playground

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Byline: Emer Martin and Mark Blunden

BULLDOZERS moved in today at an adventure playground occupied by protesters.

Workmen took chainsaws to the slide and diggers broke up climbing frames at Battersea Park playground to end the three-week occuption.

The site was closed by Wandsworth council last October despite local opposition after it axed its last four members of staff.

The council now plans to install [pounds sterling]200,000 worth of new play equipment which will not require staff supervision.

The playground had been taken over by Occupy London demonstrators, who had entered the site and slept in tents and makeshift camps in protest at the plan.

Wandsworth council released photographs which they said showed vandalism, including spray-panting, to one of the buildings on the site.

The council claims the protesters left the park in a "squalid and disgusting mess" and estimates the total bill, including policing, legal costs and clean-up, to be in excess of [pounds sterling]30,000. …

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