19th Sep, 2020

Hopeful for playground plans

Rob George 18th May, 2019

A FORMER Evesham councillor has revealed his hope that proposals for a new playground for youngsters growing up on St Richard’s Park becomes a reality.

Matt Snape, a former independent councillor who lost his Evesham South seat on Wychavon to Greens Julie Tucker and Ed Cohen in the recent district council election, said it was vital they continued to support a bid to build a new playground on housing development.

The former member of Wychavon District Council said: “A meeting about this scheme to build a new playground, which was the brainchild of Fairfield Road resident Daisy Halford and Rooftop Neighbourhood Officer Pete Stock, has come about by working with these people.”

“Last month, I attended a meeting at the Civic Centre with Daisy, Pete, my running mate in the 2019 election Paul Bennett, Councillors Tucker and Cohen and Evesham Town Councillors Sue Amor and Chrissy Smith, to ask Green Space Officer Jon Hulbert to look into making this idea a reality.

“He agreed and I am pleased to say it is going ahead. The playground scheme will require consultation with residents, and it cannot go ahead immediately. It will require time and effort to plan it properly.

‘But I urge my Green successors to support this initiative and make it a reality. It is something many of my former residents supported when I was in office, and it is something that must go ahead.

‘There is so much potential on the St. Richard’s green space that can be used for the benefit of residents,” he added.

In response the Green Party councillors revealed their ‘whole-hearted’ support for the project and pledged to ensure the scheme became a reality.

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