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Doctors' surgery loses play park noise battle
A DOCTORS’ surgery has lost its battle to have children’s play equipment moved further away after complaints about noise.
Staff at Harcourt Medical Centre complained about the noise and teenagers swearing in the children’s play area next to some of their treatment rooms after Salisbury City Council’s refurbishment of Queen Elizabeth Gardens meant a piece of equipment and the boundary of the park were moved closer to their building.
The staff want the council to remove two pieces of equipment and move the boundary of the play park back to where it was before, but city clerk Reg Williams told the policy and resources committee on Monday that moving it all would be “extremely expensive”.
He said they had made offers to the doctor’s surgery to move the piece of equipment closest to the surgery or to make a contribution towards additional glazing to soundproof their building on that side, but they had not taken up these offers.
Cllr Andrew Roberts said: “The surgery knew about the plans in advance. This is probably the most popular playground in the city. It’s very well used and, yes, one of the pieces of equipment is quite close to the window but they chose a workplace next to a public park and you take the ups and downs with that.
“We have residents who suffer noise disturbance on a different scale to this. We’ve done all we reasonably can with this and we haven’t had much sensible response from the surgery.”
The committee voted in favour of keeping the park as it is.
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