Mystery solved after gate to playground suddenly locked

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There is anger and confusion after a route to a popular green space was gated off by Liverpool City Council.

The council has gated off an access route to the Wavertree Playground, a large recreation area known to many as The Mystery, which is also the location of sports and children's centres.

The gates were put up across the Glynn Street entrance to the site.

Speaking out about the move on twitter, Wavertree Green Party council candidate David Morgan angrily claimed this had been done suddenly at the request of a Labour Councillor.

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Posting a picture of himself next to the locked gates, he said: "Contacted the council this morning about the closure of the Glynn St entrance to the Mystery. It turns out that the gate has been permanently locked at the request of a Labour councillor.

"This has inconvenienced hundreds of people and has completely blocked access to the park, children’s centre and leisure centre.

"Wheelchair users are being forced the whole way around to the Wellington Road entrance to enter the park.

"We are now in touch with council officers and asking them to overturn this absolutely ludicrous request as soon as possible."

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Others were equally angry about the move.

One twitter user said: "What! That's ridiculous. It's not just that it provides a short cut for me, it's that it takes me away from the traffic and pollution of that very busy corner of Wellington and Picton. Let's hope this is reversed."

Others asked which Labour Councillor had made the request and for what reason.

We contacted the city council to find out more and were told that the request had come from Wavertree ward councillor David Cummings.

The authority said the action was taken because of reports of a serious anti-social behaviour issue in the area, including damage to the leisure centre.

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The council said police had visited the site too because of the reports of anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Cummings was suspended by the Labour Party in 2019 following a string of complaints by female members of the party.

Last year he was found guilty of criminal damage after breaking CCTV cameras that had been installed at the social housing block where he was living.

The council confirmed to the ECHO that the gates have now been reopened by staff, with access once again available.

The gates in Glynn Street will continue to be locked from 10pm Monday to Friday and from 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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