'Cage for children' set up by church group near seafront branded a 'monstrosity'

A CHURCH holiday club has come under fire at the seaside – for putting up a CAGE for children to play in.

The large metal cage was spotted on the seafront with Scripture Union Cymru banners across it, and has been branded a "monstrosity."

It was used by the holiday club as a sports area for children to play ball games inside.

But horrified passers-by say the structure is a "monstrosity" in Criccieth, Gwynedd, North Wales.

Concerns have also been raised that the structure is “inappropriate for children” because it could be a Covid risk.

One woman posted online: “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.

“Surely putting kids in a confined space rather than 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.”

Others were quick to mock the enclosure – with one joker saying: "Since when did the Scripture Union start cage fighting???"

The holiday group run has now defended the use of the metal cage.

Jo Morley, who runs the Scripture Union’s missions work, said: “We have had our Holiday Club going in Criccieth all week.

“It’s a sports cage that we use for football and games for children and young people.

“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.”

A Gwynedd Council spokesman said no official complaints had been made.

He said: “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.

“Arrangements are being made to inspect the site to ensure that the activities have not caused any damage."

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