Park supporters swing into action

One of the run-down swings at Eastville, Midville and new Leake playground. NA
One of the run-down swings at Eastville, Midville and new Leake playground. NA

PLANS are afoot to turn a ‘dangerous’ and run-down playground into a leisure park for young and old.

The Eastville, Midville and New Leake Playing Field Committee is working on securing £50,000 in funding for a future redevlopment of the park, situated next to New Leake village hall in Station Road.

Committee chairman Gayle Roddis Evans said: “If we can secure the funding we will look to install fixed ourdoor exercise equipment for adults, and new playground equipment for children.

“We would also like to incorporate a dirt track for teenagers to use their bikes on and a new picnic area.”

The committee is now looking to apply for a grant from WREN and other organisations.

“The park as it stands has a slide and two swing frames which are now without swings as they were taken down due to being a hazard,” said Gayle.

“In the short-term, the committee is putting forward a proposal to make the existing play area safe and useable by replacing the worn out and dangerous equipment with new parts and safety flooring.”

The committee is hoping to consult with residents about what to use £3,500 of parish council money on to improve the site and village hall short-term.

The four options are to spend the money on making improvements to the playpark and payground equipment; replacing the village hall’s fire doors; replacing the village hall flooring; or resurfacing the adjoining car park.

Residents who wish to vote on one of the four options should attend the annual parish meeting at the village hall on Monday, April 18, from 7pm.

“In the last two years there have been an influx of young families moving to the area so we really feel this redevelopment of the park is needed,” said Gayle.

She added: “I would urge all residents to come along to the meeting and have their say.”