The structure was erected on a green near the seafront in Criccieth, Wales, and the Scripture Union said it was for use as a sports area – but one local has called on the council to investigate
A church group has been criticised for setting up a “cage” for children outside.
The structure was erected on a green near the seafront in Criccieth, Wales.
The Scripture Union said it was for use as a sports area – but one resident has now claimed it is a “monstrosity”.
The local added that it was “inappropriate for children” and even suggested it posed a Covid risk, reports NorthWalesLive.
She wrote on Facebook : “Have you seen what the scripture union have put up in Criccieth?! Massively inappropriate.
“Surely they haven’t had permission to erect a cage for children? Can someone please look into this. It’s quite disturbing.”
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“Surely putting kids in a confined space rather than (giving them) the freedom of the entire green is against Covid regulations?
“It’s actually made me feel quite sick and I’m not the only one.”
A council representative responded to say officers would “investigate the matter” and suggested the resident contacted the Scripture Union “to see what their intentions are”.
But the resident rejected that suggestion and insisted that as the cage was in her view, “highly inappropriate” its “licence to operate” on council owned land should be revoked.
She added: “Perhaps the council were unaware of such a monstrosity. No-one in their right minds wants to see kids in cages.”
The council representative on the Facebook page promised to “get back to you when we have further information”.
Gwynedd Council said in a further statement: “We are aware of concerns raised on social media about the holding of children’s activities in Criccieth, but no formal complaint has been made to the council.
“We have been in contact with the Scripture Union, the organisation holding the children’s activities, and understand that the cage is being used for children’s ball games.
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“We also understand that the activities are drawing to a close today (Friday).”
They added: “Arrangements are being made to inspect the site to ensure that the activities have not caused any damage.”
The Scripture Union defended its use of the enclosure.
Jo Morley, who looks after the Scripture Union’s Missions work, said: “We have had our Holiday Club going in Criccieth all week.”
On the enclosure, she said: “It’s a sports cage that we use for football and games for children and young people.”
She added: “We leave it completely locked up and secure when not in use. But all of the rest of the time the children can go in and out as they wish.”