Park playground set for revamp

PARK LIFE: Dartmouth Park's playground is set for a revamp.
PARK LIFE: Dartmouth Park's playground is set for a revamp.

The children’s playground at Dartmouth Park is to be refurbished after an injection of cash from a housing developer.

It follows the securing of funding for other recreation areas on Magpie Lane and Churwell Park to be improved, amid concerns a number of such places across the town have begun to age.

The money has been invested by Barratt Homes, who are legally obliged to provide money for infrastructure in Morley as a result of their housebuilding on Bruntcliffe Road.

A six week consultation with parents and children who use the parks is to start next week.

Coun Judith Elliott said: “We have identified the money needed to improve the playground in Dartmouth Park. The children’s play area is now looking rather dated and we want to bring it up to date.

“We will be consulting widely with local residents – especially children and young people – to make sure we come up with a design that they want.”

Local councillors from the Morley Borough Independents Party (MBI) will meet with parks officers from Leeds City Council to discuss the plans and a timetable, in the hope that work can be completed by next spring.

Coun Robert Finnigan said “It is an exciting time for playgrounds across the wider Morley area. It is the community that is driving forward with new ideas for our playgrounds and we are keen to adopt their proposals.”