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Have a say on play area plans

Published on 09 March 2015

PEOPLE in a Leicester community are being asked for their views on what facilities they want to see in a new playground.

The Onslow Street Park, off Evington Road, is due to be improved and revamped as part of a £400,000 investment in play areas announced by Leicester City Council in January.

Residents are now being asked for their opinions on what sort of facilities and equipment should be included in the play area and neighbouring community gardens.

Leaflets are being delivered to homes in the area this week outlining the possibilities, and also giving people the chance to raise any issues about how the site is used and any other ideas for improving it.

Local schoolchildren will also get a chance to select the play equipment they want to see included.

In the past concerns had been raised locally about antisocial behaviour at Onslow Street Park, and the city council’s parks team is keen to ensure the new improved area meets local needs, and local people are encouraged to use it.

Stoneygate ward councillor, Cllr Lucy Chaplin, said: “This community play area has fallen into a very sorry state and is really in need of improvement.

"I'm thrilled that we have some £60,000 from the council to make this space a pleasant and safe area that people can enjoy.

"I would encourage people to get involved in this local consultation and let us know what their ideas are for this space.

"It could be that people have ideas about particular play equipment, seating or raised planters."

Leicester City Council assistant city mayor for culture, leisure, heritage and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, added: “This play area is one of a series across the city what we are investing money in improving, so we’re open to hearing what people in the area want, in order to make the most of this opportunity.”

People can also make their views known by contacting: adrian.edge@leicester.gov.uk

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MEDIA OPP: Onslow Street play area, off Evington Road, at 1pm on Monday, March 9.