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Over 1,000 people sign petition to build play area in Woodford

PUBLISHED: 07:38 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:03 06 March 2018

Pictured are campaigners including MP Iain Duncan Smith (Centre left kneeling) who have created a petition to build a play area in Woodford. Photo: Monkhams Playground CIC.

Pictured are campaigners including MP Iain Duncan Smith (Centre left kneeling) who have created a petition to build a play area in Woodford. Photo: Monkhams Playground CIC.

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More than 1000 residents including MP Iain Duncan Smith have signed a petition to build a play area in Woodford.

Pictured are campaigners including MP Iain Duncan Smith (Centre left kneeling) who have created a petition to build a play area in Woodford. Photo: Monkhams Playground CIC.Pictured are campaigners including MP Iain Duncan Smith (Centre left kneeling) who have created a petition to build a play area in Woodford. Photo: Monkhams Playground CIC.

Parents, grandparents, teachers and children have been part of the appeal to get a natural wooden play area on the Green in Monkhams, Woodford Wells.

Monkhams Playground CIC are campaigning for the play area, and said that with a population of over 10,000, Monkhams Ward is the only ward in Redbridge without a play area.

According to the group most of the land in Monkhams Ward that would suit a play area is owned by the Corporation of the City of London.

The group said that the corporation are willing to consider hosting a play area on their land but they require a firm commitment from the London Borough of Redbridge to fund the maintenance and ongoing cleansing and inspection.

This could cost around £30,000.

A spokeswoman from the group said: “It means we have to get two large organisations, the Corporation of the City of London and Redbridge Council to cooperate.

“Generally we have positive responses from all parties concerned but getting firm commitment is a slow process and is taking time.

“We have applied for local Community Infrastructure Levy funding and are hopeful that we will get the £30,000 that we need for the natural play area.”

“Children need somewhere to be able to play and enjoy themselves and explore the area.

“It’s unbelievably really (that the play area doesn’t have a play area).

“Most people expect there to be a play area and that is why we are campaigning to have one built.”

Monkhams Playground have a Facebook page and also have a petition on Change.org which has over 1,000 signatures at the moment.

St Anthony’s school, Woodford Amenity Group, and All Saints Church have indicated that they are broadly in support of the proposal for a play area.

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