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£100,000 boost for Huncoat playground

Lancashire Telegraph: Dave Parkins Dave Parkins

A PLAYGROUND described as ‘unsafe’ and ‘not-fit-for-purpose’ is to undergo a £100,000 makeover.

The play area off Station Road, Huncoat, is to be modernised using money donated by the developers behind the nearby Bluebell Way housing scheme.

Huncoat councillors have welcomed the facelift, which could get under way later this year.

Existing facilities in the park are ‘out-of-date’, Huncoat councillor Dave Parkins said.

Coun Parkins, from the Independents in Hyndburn party, said: “It’s something I have been negotiating alongside Huncoat’s Labour councillor Bernard Dawson for a while now.

“We’ve benefited largely due to the Bluebell Way development but also sourced cash from a number of outside bodies. It’s reached about £100,000 and it is much-needed.”

Part of the proposals, which have yet to be finalised, include plans for new equipment aimed at three to eight-year-olds, and a new access point.

Coun Parkins said: “It’s an issue that comes up every time I’m out canvassing people’s opinions.

“At the moment, there is access from Station Road and Lynwood Road but I think they want to create another entry on Lower Gate Road. We can’t put a time frame on it because these things take a lot of time to put contractors in place, but the money is in place and we’ll get the ball rolling soon. Hopefully it will get going this year.

“We’ve seen what’s happened with the wonderful play area at Bolton Avenue and it’s about time this end of the village had something similar.

“It will benefit the whole community, and it’s not before time.”

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5:59pm Tue 8 Jul 14

mavrick says...

Well done Dave And Bernard this is a great example of what local councillors can achieve working together. These are two councillors that you see a lot more often than election time. I hope you you all remember that.
Well done Dave And Bernard this is a great example of what local councillors can achieve working together. These are two councillors that you see a lot more often than election time. I hope you you all remember that. mavrick
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8:22pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Shorty Medlocke says...

Dave Parkins for PM.
Dave Parkins for PM. Shorty Medlocke
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8:56am Wed 9 Jul 14

whitty-147 says...

I would prefer the truth on this matter this playground has been in the making for the past 3 years and if our local councillor would like to confirm this he knows its the truth . it has just come to the forefront yet again as there is new councillors in Huncoat the real situation is this has been on the cards over the past 3 years and not a new project because of Cllr Parkins or Cllr Dawson i welcome the new park but come on tell the truth for a change don't try to take all the credit there has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes for this but the same face comes in the paper to take the plaudits . once again seen in the paper for others hard work !!!
I would prefer the truth on this matter this playground has been in the making for the past 3 years and if our local councillor would like to confirm this he knows its the truth . it has just come to the forefront yet again as there is new councillors in Huncoat the real situation is this has been on the cards over the past 3 years and not a new project because of Cllr Parkins or Cllr Dawson i welcome the new park but come on tell the truth for a change don't try to take all the credit there has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes for this but the same face comes in the paper to take the plaudits . once again seen in the paper for others hard work !!! whitty-147
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