New play areas set to be approved

A £1.5 million programme to deliver 20 new and improved play areas across Liverpool is set to be approved by the Cabinet.

Last year, the city council agreed in principle to spend £1 million using Section 106 contributions which are paid by developers as part of planning agreements and drew up a list of potential sites.

Following extensive consultation, the council has now identified 20 locations and is committing to spend an additional half a million pounds on top of the budget originally earmarked, meaning it can deliver better quality facilities.

Some of the sites, such as Canning area, have been included following representations from local residents and ward councillors.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O’Byrne, said: “Our children deserve the very best facilities to play in, and we have spent a long time working with ward councillors to make sure that we are investing money in the right areas.

“Many of our young people live in terraced houses with limited outdoor space, so it is important that they have a local play area which they can use.”

Many of the sites will focus on natural play – using materials such as treated wood, while others will be redeveloped using more modern equipment.

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “This programme shows the importance we attach to having play areas right across the city.

“And we are funding in a way in which they will go hand in hand with developments in the city- developers will pay for play.”

Play areas in new locations will be at: Camp Hill in Allerton; Score Lane Gardens in Childwall; Norris Green Park; Croxteth Park (West Derby Gate); Wavertree Playground; Windsor Gardens in Clubmoor; Ackers Hall in Yew Tree; Canning area near the city centre; Clarke Gardens in Allerton and Beechwood Gardens in Cressington

Major Improvements to existing playgrounds, including new natural play areas will be at: Banks Road in Speke/Garston; Blackrod Recreation Ground in Speke/Garston; Everton Terrace; Kirkdale Recreation Ground; Netherley Park; Parkhill Public Open Space; Rice Lane in Warbreck; Richmond Park in Anfield; Thirlmere Public Open Space in Everton and Walton Hall Park.

If the report is approved at a meeting on Friday 23 June, work will begin immediately in phases and be completed by late next year.