WINCHESTER City Council has urged residents to take their children to other play areas after heavy rain waterlogged the one in Oram’s Arbour.

The play ground off Clifton Hill has recently been refurbished but the council have said that water has damaged the park.

However some parents reported seeing other parents lifting their children over the fence despite the park gates being locked this week (February 20).

A spokesman for Winchester City Council said: “Oram’s Arbour, North Walls and Friary Gardens have been locked because they are waterlogged.

“It is important at Oram’s Arbour in particular that the ground is not churned up because it is has only just been refurbished. We would ask people to respect these temporary closures.”