|Sturgess Park, NW4 (Photo taken with Tobii I-12 eyegaze computer)|
This is my local park. When my children were young there were swings, instead of an empty frame. There was a roundabout, but that has gone. The park was full of children, laughing and squealing with delight. It's usually empty now.
The park is now a dumping ground for old furniture, baths and recently, an old dirty toilet. Barnet Council used to provide street skips twice a year. That stopped in 2010.
My daughter is doing A levels and doesn't know if she can face university and the mountain of debt that will come with it.
The government say that things are improving, but children don't have something as basic as a clean park with equipment to play on. The children that enjoyed that facility are now young adults with no enthusiasm or motivation for the future.
Sad and hopeless.