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●● A NEW play­ground has opened at Bollin Grove.

The area con­tains a host of new equip­ment in­clud­ing a Wood­land For­est Spin­ney for stretch­ing, climb­ing and slid­ing and a ‘Tom Thumb’ climb­ing frame for tod­dlers.

There are also new swings, mul­ti­di­rec­tional round­abouts and spin­ners and a dou­ble zig-zag twis­ter.

Arthur Dicken, chair­man of Prest­bury Parish coun­cil, said the pro­ject was im­por­tant, as chil­dren who learned to en­joy the out­doors had ‘a much higher like­li­hood of be­com­ing adults who en­joyed out­door en­deav­ours’.

He said: “This is crit­i­cal as obe­sity be­comes an ev­er­greater na­tional con­cern and as we must all learn to care for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The use of open space to ful­fil ba­sic child­hood needs – jump­ing, run­ning, climb­ing, swing­ing, rac­ing, yelling and rolling is what child­hood is all about.”

Coun Dicken added that chil­dren’s lives to­day are ‘more con­tained and con­trolled’ and that out­door en­vi­ron­ments ful­filled their ba­sic needs for ‘free­dom, ad­ven­ture and risk-tak­ing’.

He also said the de­sign of the play area fa­cil­i­tated the su­per­vi­sion of chil­dren and that the equip­ment en­sured safe play.

There will an of­fi­cial open­ing of the play­ground and the date of this will be pro­vided on the Parish Coun­cil web­site and no­tice­boards and on so­cial media.

The Parish Coun­cil would like to thank those who con­trib­uted to the play­ground’s fund­ing in­clud­ing WREN, Prest­bury Amenity So­ci­ety, Prest­bury Vil­lage Hall, Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict Lions Club, Manch­ester Air­port, Cheshire East Coun­cil and in­di­vid­u­als.

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