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Work starts on new Hammerwich playground

 

Work has begun to create a new playground in Hammerwich.

The Hospital Road playing fields project is being organised by Lichfield District Council and Hammerwich Parish Council.

Cllr David Bayliss, Cllr Alan White and Cllr Val Richards at the new playground in Hammerwich

Cllr David Bayliss, Cllr Alan White and Cllr Val Richards at the new playground in Hammerwich

The first phase of the building work kicked off this month and includes installing play equipment, such as toddler and junior swings, two play ships, a climbing tower and more, as well as a picnic tables and tree stump seating. It is hoped that this phase will be complete and ready to be played on by the Easter holidays.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for leisure services, said: “It’s great to see that work has started on this exciting playground.

“I am sure local children will be looking forward to playing here and that it will become a focal point for lots of families for years to come.”

Councillor David Bayliss, Chairman of Hammerwich Parish Council, added: “The new play area is aimed at under 8s, and will undoubtedly keep children entertained for hours.

“We’re all looking forward to launching it, so local children and families can get even more from their playing fields.

“To make sure drivers are aware of how fast they are going along Hospital Road, which is a 30mph zone, we’re in discussion with the county council about installing speed activated warning signs.”

The play area is being funded by developer contributions, secured by Lichfield District Council from the development of the Hammerwich Hospital site.

Councillor Alan White, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for development services, said: “This play area will make a massive difference to local families, and is just the sort of project that communities have told us they are keen for us to invest in.”

Phase two of the play area, which includes installing a nest swing, wide slide, tunnel, climbing logs and lots more equipment, is expected to start later in the spring, with the full play area open in time for the summer holidays.

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