Mum leads the call for play­ground re­vamp

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A MUM has launched a cam­paign to ren­o­vate a chil­dren’s play­ground she claims is danger­ous.

Laura Gal­ley, 43, is call­ing for new modern equip­ment at Hall Grove play area in Tyther­ing­ton, which she has branded ‘de­press­ing and dull’.

The mum of two, who lives op­po­site the park, has launched a pe­ti­tion in a bid to per­suade Cheshire East Coun­cil to fund the project.

So far she has col­lected 150 sig­na­tures from par­ents and neigh­bours from pa­per pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing one at Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School, which is next door to the park. There is also an on­line ver­sion at www. gope­ti­tion.com/pe­ti­tions/ ren­o­va­tion-of-the-hall­grove-play-area.html.

Laura said: “The cur­rent play area is out­dated and in parts, danger­ous.”

Laura, who lives with hus­band Vin­cent and chil­dren Isla, six, and Evan, four, said the park is un­der-used, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of fam­i­lies on the es­tate and the 400 plus pupils at the pri­mary school next door.

She said: “I have two young chil­dren and live very close to this park and use it very rarely as I find it de­press­ing and dull.

“There is very lit­tle to do, es­pe­cially in com­par­i­son to some of the other parks in the nearby ar­eas.

“It lacks some of the most ba­sic pieces of equip­ment, such as a round­about or a good climb­ing struc­ture.

“The park re­quires rub­ber floor­ing through­out for safety and all year us­age of the park.

“The safety of the fenc­ing and gates needs con­sid­er­a­tion. The benches need re­plac­ing.

“New play­ground equip­ment needs to be in­stalled to suit a range of ages.

“Gen­er­ally, the park is tatty and un­in­ter­est­ing. It has not has any new equip­ment for around 25 years. A ren­o­vated area would re­sult in a wellused park.”

Cheshire East Coun­cil have been ap­proached for a com­ment.

Laura Gal­ley with chil­dren Isla and Evan

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