MP's childhood playground gets revamp
WORK is under way on a facelift for a play area in Longwell Green.
A new slide will replace the old spiral slide, which has had to be removed before it became unsafe.
The new slide tower will be suitable for children aged four and upwards and will have some accessible features for children with mobility issues. The £30,000 project includes improving the rubber surfacing throughout the play area at Williams Close.
Work was due to begin on August 25 and take about two weeks, depending on the weather.
The revamp has been welcomed by Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore, who said: “Growing up in Longwell Green as a child, the Williams Close play area is where my parents would take me and so I have very fond childhood memories of it. It has changed a lot in the thirty or so years since then and it’s great to hear that it is to receive another round of improvements so it can continue to serve local families, thanks to the local council's record investment plans.”
Councillors for Longwell Green Toby Savage and Christine Price added: “We are delighted about these much-needed upgrades to the play area. It is important for our communities to have good quality public spaces and play equipment for local children to enjoy, particularly as they look to get outside more with the gradual relaxation of lockdown.”
MP Chris Skidmore with Councillors Christine Price and Toby Savage at the Williams Close play area before the slide was removed, above left
Above: How the new accessible slide tower at the play area will look