Revamp for popular Blacon play area

A popular play area in Blacon is receiving a major refurbishment to improve the facilities on offer to local families.

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Work at the Canterbury Road play area is expected to last for 12 weeks and will see existing facilities repaired and repainted and several new pieces of play equipment installed.

New pedestrian pathways are also being created in the surrounding open space along with landscaping work, planting and improvements to junior football pitches.

The refurbishment is part of a wider development programme being delivered by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Avenue Services to improve play areas across Blacon and is supported by a £40,000 grant from funding body WREN.

Paul Knight, Head of Avenue Services, said: “Access to play areas and open space is so important for young people and improving the facilities at Canterbury Road will bring considerable benefits for the local community.

“We are very excited to see the project take shape and would like to thank residents for their patience while the improvements are being carried out.”

Cllr Louise Gittins, cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council and Avenue Services are working together to improve the Blacon area and this development programme will greatly enhance the popular play area for the enjoyment of all families.

“It is important for families to have the community facilities in their local area so that they can get out and about in the great outdoors in a safe and enjoyable environment. When this improvement and landscaping work is complete it will be a great addition to the area.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Cheshire, commented: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape.

“We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to the new play area benefitting young people across Blacon very soon.”

Avenue Services, which is a not-for-profit organisation, is a joint venture between Sanctuary Group and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

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