Clayhall park one of several green spaces earmarked for £1.6m investment

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:41 14 June 2018

Could Clayhall Park host the project?. Picture: Ellena Cruse

Could Clayhall Park host the project?. Picture: Ellena Cruse

Ellena Cruse

Clayhall Park will be revamped thanks to a £1.6million pot of money.

Redbridge Council has confirmed that the green space in Longwood Gardens, has made a priority list of recreational areas that need more investment.

Patrons will have noticed that items have already been removed from the play area, including a four seater swing.

A large wooden rope frame has also been taken away, causing parents to speculate about what is happening to the space.

Lesley Adams, 57, of Clayhall, has used the park with her children and grandchildren and said there has been a decline in facilities over the year.

“My daughter is in her 30s now but when she was little we would love to go to the park for a quick play before bedtime,” she said.

“There used to be this mini double decker bus and climbing frames that would keep her occupied and wear her out.

“Now I go with my grandchildren and lots of items have been removed.”

Council leader, Councillor Jas Athwal said the equipment has sustained lots of wear and tear and is being replaced.

“We want the best for our families and are committed to providing top class leisure facilities across the borough,” he said.

“As part of this, we want to make sure our equipment is safe for our children.

“We’ve pledged major investment of £1.6m for play equipment and Clayhall Park will be one of those to benefit from this major improvement programme.

“In the meantime, we will be installing within the month a new basket swing at Clayhall Park before the longer-term refurbishment programme gets under way.”

It is not just young people who are set to benefit and the council is also working with Sports England to introduce more facilities for adults including astroturfs and cricket pitches.

“When I was young there used to have far more climbing equipment but due to health and safety it has been taken away,” he added.

“We need to make sure there are far more activities at our parks and green spaces for to encourage children to play outdoors and enjoy the outdoors.”

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