This weekend, the Occupy movement came to my back yard. And they are very welcome. My back yard, since I live in a block of flats and have no garden, is Battersea Park. And the bit of my back yard that’s currently occupied is the Adventure Playground, closed by Wandsworth Council in September, and due for demolition tomorrow. The Adventure Playground, which was staffed by qualified play leaders, for more than 50 years provided a safe and nurturing environment for local children and young people, many from deprived or troubled backgrounds, or simply growing up in tower blocks with little other access to outside play areas. The decision by Wandsworth Council to make the staff redundant and convert the Adventure Playgrounds (York Road and Kimber Road playgrounds have suffered the same fate) to unstaffed sites with risk-free equipment was made in the face of significant local opposition. I’ve been involved, on…

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