Improvement work was due to start this week on an Alsager play area.
Using section 106 funding worth £75,000, Cheshire East Council will begin installing a range of new play equipment and carry out improvements to the basketball court at the recreation facility on Hassall Road, Alsager. Work was due to begin from 15th March funded by contributions from local development schemes secured by the council.
The council’s environmental services company, Ansa, is working with Alsager Town Council on details of the plans and it is hoped that a phase two scheme, funded by the town council, will be progressed later this year to include further improvements to the open space.
Coun Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member with responsibility for green spaces, said: “The council has been discussing these plans with the town council and local ward members for some time in response to requests from residents to see improvements to this facility.
“I am pleased that we are now able to progress this and that there is the prospect of further enhancements later on. I also want to thank our team in Ansa for their hard work in securing the developer contributions through the planning process, which have helped to fund this project.”
The funding will allow for the purchase of a range of modern equipment, including trim trail/climbing equipment for older children; Playzone multi-unit for junior and older children; two-bay swing set, basket swing and two flat seats – all ages; and toddler train and various spinning items for the very young.
Ward member Coun Philip Williams said: “With the range of equipment this will provide, this improved provision will be warmly welcomed by our residents who wish to see this green space transformed into a modern, state-of-the-art recreation facility for the benefit of children and young people.
“In time we will see a valued recreation and open space parkland that will benefit people of all ages, including adults wanting to enjoy a pleasant, outdoor facility on their doorstep.”