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South Woodford Conservatives campaign to secure funding for Onslow Gardens Park

PUBLISHED: 11:51 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:51 27 December 2017

The SouthWoodford Conservative Action Team at Onslow Gardens Park. Photo: South Woodford Conservative Councillors

The SouthWoodford Conservative Action Team at Onslow Gardens Park. Photo: South Woodford Conservative Councillors

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Activists are campaigning for more investment into a family park they believe to be in a poor state.

The SouthWoodford Conservative Action Team at Onslow Gardens Park. Photo: South Woodford Conservative CouncillorsThe SouthWoodford Conservative Action Team at Onslow Gardens Park. Photo: South Woodford Conservative Councillors

The petition launched by South Woodford Conservative Action Team to improve the children’s play area in Onslow Gardens Park, South Woodford, has more than 160 signatures.

The campaigners heard from residents that the park was often left in a messy state.

They noticed that the grass was not being cut, signage was poor and there was not enough equipment.

Michael Duffell, Joel Herga and Cllr Suzanne Nolan told the Recorder: “It is unfair that families often have to travel to other parts of the borough to find alternative parks because Onslow Gardens Park is not maintained properly.

“We call on Redbridge Council to properly invest in this park and ensure that there is better signage, more equipment and properly maintained grass areas.”

A council spokesman said: “Since 2011 Redbridge Council and partners Vision RCL has spent £35,000 on new play equipment, safety surfacing and hard landscaping at Onslow Play Area.

“Maintenance inspections are carried out on an annual and quarterly basis and there have been ongoing improvements to the woodland area.

“The play area was also allocated £2,693 CIL funding, following one application which has received as part of the 2014/15 CIL Local Project Fund Consultation, and this work is nearing completion.”

The Redbridge Council spokesman added: “Local people at Onslow Gardens, and across the borough, have until January 31, 2018 to submit applications to the CIL Local Project Fund for funding to improve their neighbourhoods, and we strongly encourage them to do so.”

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