Safer play park to re­open

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A PLAY park which was closed for safety rea­sons will re­open in July with new equip­ment and safe sur­fac­ing.

Labour coun­cil­lors Catie Page and Nina Killen thanked Sefton Coun­cil for en­sur­ing funds were made avail­able for the park at Smithy Green, which was closed last year af­ter a child was in­jured when a cor­roded frame col­lapsed.

Cllr Killen said: “Res­i­dents were rightly con­cerned when this park closed down, fear­ing the worst due to the fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of the coun­cil.

“We didn’t want to see this fa­cil­ity lost. It’s great news that the money has been found to replace the park equip­ment.

“I know from when I had small chil­dren, a lower-scale park like this one can be a god­send com­pared to larger parks like Duke Street, which is a fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity but dif­fi­cult for very young chil­dren to nav­i­gate.”

Cllr Page added: “As soon as the park closed we were work­ing with our Labour col­leagues in the coun­cil cab­i­net to en­sure that Formby re­tained this fa­cil­ity.”

Cllrs Catie Page, left, and Nina Killen at the site of the play­ground which will be re­opened in July

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