New play area on Common opens

Pelsall’s £70,000 improved play area on the Common has reopened after a month-long revamp.

Work started on Pelsall Common play area in the middle of August and reopened yesterday.

As well as the new features, which include logs and landscaping, Contractor Jack Moody Ltd gave the old equipment a new coat of paint.

Funding for the new area was secured after a campaign by Pelsall councillors, Walsall Council’s Greenspace Improvement Service (GIS) and Friends of Pelsall Common. An online petition by Coun Marco Longhi also galvanised local support for the bid.

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

The GIS also secured funding to purchase new equipment and cash from S106 funding from the Leylands Farm development was also used, making a total of £70,000.

Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This is a real boost for Pelsall and a testament to the hard work and commitment of all concerned in seeing this project through. It is now a fantastic facility for all the community to enjoy.”

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