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Villagers’ anger as playground flattened

Fence play area fears - left to right, residents Graham Hayes, Catherine Riley, Kimberly Holgate and Garry Belshaw, with young Thomas Riley in front with his ball.

Fence play area fears - left to right, residents Graham Hayes, Catherine Riley, Kimberly Holgate and Garry Belshaw, with young Thomas Riley in front with his ball.

Residents in Fence who live opposite a small park are concerned about a major refurbishment of it taking place.

Their fears are that there is going to be a big delay in getting it completed, stopping children from playing there for a while.

But the chairman of Old Laund Booth Parish Council, Brian Newman, feels it will be a success soon. He is now a Pendle councillor, too.

The small park is opposite homes on Old Laund Street. It was covered in grass and included a slide, swings and climbing frames. But recently work began and it has been cleared out for now.

Resident Mr Garry Belshaw said: “Friday last week they cut all the equipment up and digged it all out. It was a kiddys’ playground and why do it in the kids’ holiday? We went up to a council meeting and got not an ounce of information from them. We can’t get information on what is going to happen. The biggest concern is that there is no communication.”

Neighbour Kimberly Holgate said: “My children play in the park. They played last Thursday. The council haven’t got enough to finish it. It could be closed for moths – or even years! The alternative parks are in Higham and Barrowford.”

Mr Graham Hayes added: “Old Laund Street is an unadopted street – we pay for it!”

But Coun. Newman said: “It’s being rebuilt – a complete new park. The completion depends on the finance available. Every organisation in Fence is supporting the playground. We don’t have a safe place for children to play in Fence. It is going to be a much better park and improve the area and give children somewhere to go.”

 

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