Joining together for community

June Clark (left) (Durham county councillor)and Paul Davison (right) (clerk Horden parish Council) with (left to right) Billy Thomson, Joyce, John and Tracy Mandling (Cotsford Park play area working group members) next to  where the missing dog dirt bin was.
June Clark (left) (Durham county councillor)and Paul Davison (right) (clerk Horden parish Council) with (left to right) Billy Thomson, Joyce, John and Tracy Mandling (Cotsford Park play area working group members) next to where the missing dog dirt bin was.

A working group has been set up with plans to revitalise a village play park.

A group of Horden residents have formed the Cotsford Park Working Group with hopes of breathing new life into the area’s children’s play facilities.

One of the group’s first steps is to help reduce dog-fouling in the vicinity of the park, and members are working with Horden Parish Council with a view to re-siting a dog dirt bin that has had numerous vandal attacks in recent years.

Local parent John Maudling came up with the idea of forming the group, and went to the parish council with ideas of revamping the play area.

Horden parish and Durham County councillor June Clark said: “As times move on, the equipment in the park has become tired and dilapidated and needs to be brought up to date.

“This is an aspirational project and we are working towards a consultation and seeking funding for equipment. We are also looking at surveying the residents about getting rid of the trees near the park, so they don’t attract rubbish, and also open the area up.”

The authority is looking at re-siting the dog bin over the road, where it is less likely to be vandalised.

Council clerk Paul Davison added: “The land where the park is common land and we have got play equipment in there which is getting old and out of date. We are working in partnership with the group and are looking at a survey being done with residents with regard to removing trees. We will also be looking at designing the method of consultation to look at play equipment and then to try and obtain funding.”