22nd Oct, 2016

Mum's petition gets play area in swing

Joshua Godfrey 24th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

YOUNGSTERS on an Evesham housing estate could soon be able to enjoy the great outdoors after housing developers vowed to finally open a children’s play area.

Families on the Orchards and Abbey Vale housing developments off Offenham Road had been calling on developers to finish work and let Vale youngsters loose on the play equipment.

Hannah O’Halloran moved to the Orchards and Abbey Vale housing development, off Offenham Road, Evesham, in April this year with her six-year-old son and five-week-old baby knowing there would be somewhere safe for her children to play.

Playing equipment such as swings, monkey bars and a slide have all been in place for more than a year till but remained fenced off, with signs telling children to keep off the site.

The mother of two was left frustrated with the situation and organised a petition to put pressure on Bovis, Barratts and Taylor Wimpey to open the park.

“It is quite frustrating as my child asks me on a daily basis ‘is the park going to be open today,’ he gets quite upset,” she told the Observer.

“It would of been nice to have been able to take my six-year-old to play somewhere very close to home over the summer holidays due to having a young baby as well, and the park would of been convenient and would have kept him happy for many, many hours,” she said.

But now, as a result of the petition the housing developers have begun making arrangements to begin the process of getting the park opened.

A spokesperson for the consortium of developers involved said: “Over the next four weeks the play area in question will be turfed, tidied and signage will be installed.

“We anticipate that it will be opened to the public at the end of September.

“We are liaising with Wychavon District Council regarding the various phases of the development at Offenham Road, in Evesham and will provide a number of play areas as part of the completed scheme.”