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Mums and Redbridge Council unite to fix boggy South Woodford playground

PUBLISHED: 10:49 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:49 13 October 2017

CPA members Nicola and Emma with cllr Kam. Picture James Burns

CPA members Nicola and Emma with cllr Kam. Picture James Burns

James Burns

A passionate group of parents who raised almost £17,000 to fix a “mud bath” playground is joining forces with the council to finish the job in South Woodford.

The playground in South Woodford. Picture James BurnsThe playground in South Woodford. Picture James Burns

Mums from the Churchfields Park Association (CPA) loved the play space at Churchfields but were fed up with the boggy terrain in the winter months which caused their little ones to slip and slide between the equipment.

CPA member Bella Bush said the space is the only play area in the vicinity and is used by families in surrounding areas.

“I don’t bring my children down here in winter as it can be really dangerous in wet weather,” she told the Recorder.

“It is a real shame as it is a great place to play after school and all the children rush here.”

Nicola, bella, Cllr Kam and Emma. Picture James BurnsNicola, bella, Cllr Kam and Emma. Picture James Burns

Wanting residents to be able to fully enjoy the green space the CPA set to work raising money to sort out drainage.

Any other leftover money will be used to spruce up the playground and purchase play equipment.

Nicola Wyndham said: “Most of the funding will go on resurfacing and drainage, but what we have left will be spent on graphic play panel and stepping stones

Emma Lynch added: “We want it to be a nice park all year round.

“It is OK in the summer months but it is a mud bath at the moment.”

Cllr Kam Rai said that with continued cuts to council budgets it’s imperative the local authority and residents work together to improve resources.

“It was hugely impressive that this group of residents raised the best part of £17,000 and it’s our duty to recognise that passion and commitment and play our part to improve the playground,” he said.

“I worked closely with Cllr Lloyd Duddridge, Nicola, Bella and the other parents to produce a cost-effective and meaningful plan for the playground and mitigate against the effects of the water, and I look forward to seeing the work completed.”

The CPA will also be holding a community paint-the-fence day.

To get involved visit Churchfields Park Association on Facebook.

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