New equipment boost for village green

A NEARBY housing development will benefit people living in Gee Cross in the form of new play equipment for a village green.

Work will soon begin at Sam Redfern Green on Stockport Road to upgrade current facilities and install new equipment.

It comes as a huge boost to the area, which people campaigned so vigorously for originally more than 10 years ago and have held discussions over the latest boost for about two years.

Work, which is expected to start in March, will see timber play kit switched to metal/plastic to improve the long term maintenance.

There will be two springies, the swings will be replaced with a metal framed unit and for the first time, there will be a small slide which will replace the timber train.

Money for the work has come from a section 106 agreement struck when permission was given to build housing on nearby King Edward Road.

The project is expected to take about four weeks and all the play equipment is aimed at toddlers as it is now.

Boulders will also be removed, along with old signage while Councillor Ruth Welsh, one of the driving forces to establish the original play park, will investigate the possibility of jet washing the path, bringing out the colour of paintings on it.

She said: “The funding is a really big boost to the area.“It’s starting to look a bit tired now and a couple of items have had to be removed, so it will look really, really good when the new things are put in place.

“It will bring some more life back into it too. It’s going to look a lot better than it currently does.

“People come here to play with their children and they can sit down and speak to other parents. It’s somewhere in the area where people can congregate.

“It’s good for the community. It’s a central place where people can go that they probably wouldn’t do if it wasn’t there.”

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