Work has started on long-awaited improvements to a play area in a Alsager.
The new equipment can already be seen at the playing fields, on Hassall Road, where a digger has already been used for earthworks.
The facility will remain closed during the improvements, which are being financed with £75,000 of section 106 funding following the construction of nearby housing development.
The playing fields, where the existing swings were outdated and the basketball court needed refurbishing, has an extensive grassed area and lies between the Seddon and David Wilson Homes housing estates, opposite Pikemere Primary School.
Cheshire East Council, which is responsible for the improvement project, is installing a range of new play equipment and carrying out improvements to the basketball court.
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.
The funding allocated to the scheme 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.
Coun Phil Williams, one of the Lib Dem representatives for Alsager on Cheshire East Council, 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.
“Alsager town councillors have worked hard to help secure funding and I look forward to working with them and local residents on further developments on this site.”