Play area work nearing completion

Councillors (left to right) Marjorie James, Angie Wilcox and Stephen Akers-Belcher at the play area, Owton Manor
Councillors (left to right) Marjorie James, Angie Wilcox and Stephen Akers-Belcher at the play area, Owton Manor

WORK will soon be completed on a popular play park after it won a £10,000 grant.

The play area behind Glamis Walk, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, was supposed to be completed by the end of the summer last year.

But funding allocated by the previous Labour Government as part of its Playbuilder initiative was withdrawn by the Coalition, and despite the facility being opened for youngsters, it did not have all the equipment originally planned.

Work is now set to start again on the play area after environmental regeneration charity Groundwork, which carried out the original work at the park, received a £10,000 grant.

Two new play items are now set to be installed at the area in the coming months.

Owton ward councillors Angie Wilcox and Marjorie James and Rossmere councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher all campaigned for funding to ensure the play area was completed.

Coun Wilcox said: “The area is very popular, it is already been referred to as Manor Park.

“The feedback has been absolutely brilliant, but now the park is going to be improved again. It’s great news.”

Coun James added: “We have been delighted with the response of youngsters, the area is extremely popular.

“It’s very satisfying to see the young people enjoying themselves so much at the area.”