Work to begin on play area improvements soon

Improvements to Pelsall Common play area are set to begin later this month.

Work is scheduled to start on Monday, August 15, and will take about five weeks to complete, weather permitting. The contractor will be appointed shortly.

Pelsall councillors, Walsall Council’s Greenspace Improvement Service (GIS) and Friends of Pelsall Common all joined forces to secure £80,000 funding for the tired play area.

Councillor Marco Longhi set up an online petition to help boost the bid further and lobby local support.

The bid was up against 33 national projects but successfully secured £51,000 from the Trustees of Cory Environmental Trust.

The GIS also managed to secure funding to purchase new equipment and S106 funding has also been ploughed into the project from the Leylands Farm development.

Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “Now the funding has come through we can set the wheels in motion for work to start on Pelsall Common’s play area.

“The improvements, which have been championed by Pelsall’s councillors, will ensure that even more youngsters can enjoy this facility.”

The existing play area will be closed from Monday, August 15 to allow contractors to remove the old equipment.

People will be able to look at a plan of the proposed new play area which will be on display at Pelsall Library by the end of this week.

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3 Responses to Work to begin on play area improvements soon

  1. Paul Vincent says:

    I know *some* improvement works have to be done during the Summer, but doing this right in the middle of the school Summer holidays seems to be almost wilfully bad timing!

  2. Garry Perry says:

    Its not wilful, I did question this myself. However no time will ever be right. I think the intention is to get the play area completed so young people get some use from it before autumn sets in.

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