ANGRY parents have attacked the council for squandering government money earmarked to give a tired playground a much-needed facelift.
A total of 70 residents have signed a petition accusing the council of wasting the portion of the grant allocated to Ealing Central Playground, in Horsenden Lane South, Perivale, on large stones and logs for children to climb on.
Petition organiser Janet Askargaliyeva, of Colwyn Avenue, Perivale, says the new additions are dangerous and the cash should have been spent on replacing the existing play equipment.
The 36-year-old said: "They haven't even painted the existing equipment. There is a small slide and the roof looks like it's rotting and the rubber on the swings' seats have been damaged. People living here for 10 to 15 years say it has always looked horrible, now on top of that it's dangerous, the edges of the stones are sharp."
After Mrs Askargaliyeva complained, the council sent workmen to try to remove the sharp edges, but the mother-of-two wants to see the the rocks and logs taken away.
She said the work was supposed to be finished in March. An old fence has not been replaced, despite the temporary one being taken down at the weekend allowing dogs to get in and damage the equipment at the weekend.
She also wants to know why a promise to renovate the tennis court and ball game area will now not be kept.
The council said about £61,000 of the Department for Children and Families grant was spent on the playground, out of £1.1million provided for 22 play areas across the borough.
A spokesman said the existing equipment is in good working order, according to a recent independent inspection.
He added: "The new facility offers a fun, safe and challenging environment for children aged between two and 14 years old. We asked more than 600 households which items they would like to see in the play area. The feedback included multi-play equipment, swings, rocks and logs, which all feature in the new play area.
"A new perimeter fence is being installed shortly, additional trees are due to be planted, and the council is still exploring the possibility of refurbishing the tennis courts next to Ealing Central Sports play area."