31/05/2011 - Permalink

Play mound to go green

Related topics: Leisure and culture / My area

Following the recent dry spell and general wear and tear, a play mound on the Unicorn Road playing field in Oswestry is to undergo repairs to the grass surface over the next few weeks (during June 2011).

The play area was created by Shropshire Council after consultation with residents and young people in the area and a range of play equipment, benches and bins installed, together with the mound which has a tunnel running through it. 

Martin Bennett, a Shropshire Councillor for Oswestry East, and deputy Cabinet member, said:

“We were under some pressure to ensure that the funding was spent by a particular deadline, which meant doing the work earlier than we would have done.  As a consequence the grass has not been able to establish, not helped by the very dry windy weather we have had lately! 

“I hope that we can get some rain over the next month so the play area is open and ready to be used for the coming school summer holidays, and that we can then enjoy both some warm sunshine and the chance to enjoy the whole space.”

To try to ensure that the repairs are effective, a chestnut paling fence has been put up around the mound, and parents are being asked to try to keep children away from the mound until the grass has had a chance to grow.  Following on from comments from residents and users, a kick rail will be installed to stop cyclists riding directly onto the play area.