Petition for play

7th March 2011.'Rachel Bird, a mum-of-three, has started a petition to improve a park close to her home at Three Lane Ends. 'Pictured: Rachel with her son Corey Pattinson and concerned locals behind.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
7th March 2011.'Rachel Bird, a mum-of-three, has started a petition to improve a park close to her home at Three Lane Ends. 'Pictured: Rachel with her son Corey Pattinson and concerned locals behind.'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE

CONCERNED mum Rachel Bird is taking action to improve a Castleford park to help create a safe play area for local youngsters.

Miss Bird, 25, of North Avenue, has started a petition in a bid to encourage Wakefield Council to improve the park at Three Lane Ends so her children Ella-Mae, five, and Corey, three, have a safe place to play.

She started the petition last week and has already collected more than 300 signatures.

She said: “During the school holidays there’s nothing for the children to do. All there is on the park is one really old swing, an old slide that isn’t even safe to go down, and a wooden seesaw.

“I thought I’d start a petition for the children in the area to get them somewhere decent to play, even if there is just some more apparatus on the park.

“I want somewhere my children can play that’s safe and nearby. There are so many children living around here and it is a shame they don’t have anywhere decent. It would make the area much better.”

Miss Bird said she’d spoken to staff at Three Lane Ends Community Primary school who agreed the park would benefit from some work.

She added: “I only started the petition on Friday and already I have about 300 signatures just from going out to knock on doors and speak to people about it.

“When I have collected a few more signatures my next step is to get in touch with the council and show them that people in this area care about the park and ask for their help.”

A spokesman from Wakefield Council said: “The council welcomes views on the services it provides and will be happy to discuss this issue further with concerned residents.”