An extensive children’s play area at a popular pub has been taken down, less than a year after it was installed.

The wooden play area was created in the large beer garden at the Black Horse, Wigginton, last May.

Costing thousands of pounds it featured climbing areas, swings and slides and was a popular feature with families.


But today the licensees revealed they had to remove all the equipment from the garden – following a single complaint from a neighbour, five months after it was installed.

And the news has brought a disappointed response from Wigginton residents, one saying: “That is such an incredible shame for the whole village!”

‘It cost us thousands’

It was very popular with families
The publicans, who didn’t want to be named on YorkMix, told us that they felt they had no choice but to remove the area after the complaint:

  • The council said we have breached planning rules and advised us to apply for planning permission.

    But as we are leaving in the next few weeks thought it was best just to take it down.

    The brewery will not take it on without planning permission and will charge us to remove it if we leave it. It cost us thousands only six months ago.

‘An incredible shame’

The Black Horse in Wigginton
The decision was greeted by dismay on social media. Comments left on the pub’s Facebook page included these.

Cheryl Collins
That is such an incredible shame for the whole village! Your garden space was just what the village needed for families to relax in… we loved it!


Michaela Ferrer
It was fantastic and something that the village needs. My son was looking forward to going again once weather started getting better



The large beer garden with the play area at the back

Kerry Rigby
Gutted. What a shame. Who would spoil children having fun? Miserable folk!


Jill Dunlop
So so sad. It was lovely out there even in the cold.


Kerrie Fielder
Oh what a shame! We were desperate to come and the kids have a play when the weather picks up.


Gareth Goddard
Some old people around Wigginton & Haxby need to think of the next generation & their families


3 comments on “Dismay as York pub scraps children’s play area – after one complaint

  1. The landlord is leaving and needs to ‘re coup his losses so he’s sold the play frame and is leaving soon. The fact of the matter is somebody complained about it and they should of sought the people around the area before just putting it up. But if you are leaving the public house and need your money back then sell it and take it down.. then say the reason you are leaving is because of this…what a joke

  2. The landlord is leaving not because of this issuers just making this an excuse. Fact the business is not doing well through the loss of customers.

    1. Hi Rocky. I don’t think the landlord is saying they are leaving because of this issue – just that there is no point applying for retrospective planning permission for the play area because they are leaving.

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