Demonstrators protesting against cuts to youth and children’s services marched from Windrush Square to the Max Roach Adventure Playground in Brixton Road on Saturday.

Organised by Lambeth Save Our Services (LSOS) and supported by local trade unions, the demonstrators said the playground was a flagship youth service that “had now been almost destroyed by the council”.

A spokesman for LSOS said: “Max Roach adventure playground was a key part of the council youth services. Now all the council staff have been fired and services such as the internet cafe and music studio that the council spent vast sums of money developing a locked away and inaccessible.”

The demonstration was also organised in opposition to cuts Lambeth Council has made to One O'Clock clubs – which cater for children - with many staff made redundant. It also highlighted the end of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for students and the tripling of university tuition fees.

Lambeth Council Cabinet member for children and young people's service, Councillor Pete Robbins, said: "An internet cafe has never existed at Max Roach adventure playground and the music studio is due to open soon.

"Due to government budget cuts the opening times were reduced in September, but our co-operative council plan for adventure playgrounds will see the local community having have more say on how it is run in the future.”