FOLLOWING the launch of a Facebook campaign, Walton Gardens has been pushed under the glare of the media spotlight as areas of it face privatisation, with the possibilities of eventual closure to the general public.

But what does this mean for young people?

Arguably only young families reap the benefits, and the money that will be generated by the hotel chain will be ploughed into developing new facilities in the gardens.

As hundreds of young people joined the protest, the point must be asked of how many have actually used the park in the past year? How many have used it outside of parental guidance, dog walks or school trips?

With more facilities than ever before opening, ranging from sports centres to roller rinks, it’s possible to say that Walton Gardens bears little importance to young people’s lives nowadays, other than perhaps past memories.