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19  July

Toddler narrowly misses being struck by vehicle

23/05/2024 @ 04:44

A young toddler narrowly missed being struck by a car in Newtown after escaping through a damaged play park fence.

The incident has come to light in a report to town councillors in which it says the council's outdoor operations team quickly attended the scene at Maesyrhandir Play Park to make temporary repairs.

The report before next week's Resources Committee states: "During the incident, a very young toddler was observed and reported running unattended across the road toward Ynys Y Plant.

"It was noted that he had managed to breach the fencing at the roadside play park, as a section was missing. Fortunately, the toddler narrowly avoided being struck by a passing vehicle."

Councillors are told that permanent repairs are being made to prevent further incidents and are now monitored regularly.

The report adds: "The Ops Manager promptly reported the incident to the outdoor ops team, who promptly initiated a temporary repair as an immediate response.

"Additionally, the Ops Manager has coordinated with a local metalworking facility to facilitate the repair of the damaged 'hop top' fence for a more permanent solution. 

"Furthermore, the Ops Manager directed the outdoor ops team supervisor to incorporate perimeter fencing into the weekly safety inspection routine and emphasised that no authorisation is required to address any future 
damages, as clearance for such repairs has been granted by the Ops Manager."