Village backing for new look play area

OVERWHELMING support for major improvements to a run-down play area have been revealed by Calderdale council.

Responses to a questionnaire relating to a possible refurbishment at The Stray, Lightcliffe, have shown that 98.5 per cent of people who took part want to see the play equipment replaced.

Those in favour of a new look said the site will be used more once redesigned and that any improvements to keep children occupied and outside in the fresh air can only be good. Residents also said it will improve the local community and the natural area within The Stray.

A spokesperson for Calderdale Council said: “Results from the feedback will be provided to the local community group, The Friends of the Stray to help with their bids for grants which will enable them to raise the funds required for improvements, with support from Safer Cleaner Greener Services at Calderdale Council.

“Feedback will also be passed on to area teams to highlight some of the issues which the questionnaire has raised. This will help with the overall long term management of The Stray and play areas.”

The action group of residents and parents was set up and approached Calderdale Council and Groundworks (UK) to help them in their project of replacing the current play equipment.

Parents were keen to see traditional swings, round abouts and slides to replace the current ones and activity items such as climbing poles and spinning items, adventurous equipment like trim trails and a natural play area featuring timber and rocks were also wanted.