Last year the ball games area behind the Chivalry Road playground underwent a refurbishment with the council calling it a community project for all to enjoy. Fast forward six months later and to my and my friends dismay, this area is now being hired out to private clubs during the week. Our sons are quite often finding now that their little hang out after school is now closed for private hire and they can no longer play there. What makes this a slightly more bitter pill to swallow is during council elections last year, our local council highlighted this as one of their sells to show that they were investing to improve our area for the kids. In fact I received a flyer through my door yesterday, and on it they have put this ball games area (with photo) as their first bullet point, once again highlighting it as a successful investment in "community projects"! I think its a real shame. Boys in particular love to go there and play football after school and dont have many places to go for free. Its a place where all ages come together from different schools and learn to organise themselves into teams and play a good old game of footie, and now its the same old story - it looks nice so they've decided to make some money from it and take it away from the local kids.