New playground on Whitwood estate

Willows Edge Residents Association and Coun Jaquie Speight are happy about plans for a childrens playground on Whitwood estate. (p612a445)
Willows Edge Residents Association and Coun Jaquie Speight are happy about plans for a childrens playground on Whitwood estate. (p612a445)
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Children living on a Whitwood estate will finally have somewhere to play after plans for a new playground were announced.

The Willow Edge estate was built in the early 2000s but, despite having planning permission for an outdoor play area, one was never built.

Now, however, developer Persimmon Homes has held public consultations and revealed plans for a playground to be built on the estate.

It will be built on grassland just off Stonecrop Drive and will be split into two parts, one area for toddlers and the other for older children aged six to 12.

It will feature swings, climbing frames, a roundabout and a pyramid-shaped climbing net.

The site will be redeveloped and a new safety surface will be laid.

Laura Playforth, secretary of the newly formed Willow Edge Residents’ Group said: “Our children will finally get a playground and everyone in the residents’ group is over the moon.

“It will be the first time that we have had any sort of free outdoor playing facilities for children on the estate.

“It’s going to be fantastic and we are really pleased with the plans

“ It will make such a difference to the area.”

Work is expected to begin on the site during the next month.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted that work will begin on the construction of the new playground area.

“We hope that this play space will bring additional enjoyment to families and the community as a whole.”

Altofts and Whitwood councillor Jacquie Speight, said: “Residents at Willow Edge have been waiting such a long time for this playground and I am delighted that it is finally going ahead.”