£100K revamp for children’s Morley playground

The playground just off Magpie Lane, Morley, is to get a �100,000.
The playground just off Magpie Lane, Morley, is to get a �100,000.

A community playground in Morley is to get a £100,000 major revamp.

New swings, a roundabout, climbing frame and improved safety measures will be installed at the 20-year-old play area just off Magpie Lane.

The project will now go ahead after councillors and local people campaigned for the improvements.

Coun Neil Dawson said: “This playground serves a large community where there are lots of children growing up.

“It makes complete sense to keep the facilities safe and modern.

“The park was old and untidy.

“Residents have been asking for this improvement for a long time, and I am happy that I was able to help them achieve it.”

“This summer they will be able to take full advantage of it.

The playground will be re-fenced, given a new safety surface, and new equipment, including radle swings for younger children, two flat swings, a basket swing, a see- saw, a roundabout, a springy and a climbing frame will all be installed.

Coun Robert Finnigan said: “The activities and games that children play changes. So we need to upgrade the facilities to fit in with their needs.

“The local residents will be delighted.

“They have been the driving force behind this campaign.

“The new park will give the local community a place to communicate, as there isn’t a place for them for them to meet.

“It will give them a chance to grow.”

The work on the playground, which is in the middle of a large private housing estate is due to be completed by the end of next month.

It will be paid for out of the Section 106 fund, which is made up of cash from housing developments in the town.

Coun Dawson said: “We received money from the fund, which allows us to spend money on green space.”

“One of the ways we decided to spend the money on was on the Magpie Lane play area.”

“We would like to refurbish the area every so often.

“But that is one of the big benefits of having more housing.

“It means that refurbishments and similar projects can go ahead and benefit the community.”

The council are also planning a £250,000 project to refurbish Dartmouth Park, however this has not yet been confirmed.

Coun Finnigan said: “We plan to build a multi-use games area so that the children can play a variety of different sports.”

“Once we have the planning permission back, we hope to start this project by the end of year.”