Pledge on to build Nelson children's play area

GAME ON The new Multi-Use General Arena will be built on land outside the community centre on Marsden Hall Road North, Nelson. Back, from left, Adem Ozbek, Karen Allott and Azhar Ali. Front, Amanda Smith.

GAME ON The new Multi-Use General Arena will be built on land outside the community centre on Marsden Hall Road North, Nelson. Back, from left, Adem Ozbek, Karen Allott and Azhar Ali. Front, Amanda Smith.

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CHILDREN’S play area will be built in the Marsden area of Nelson by next April, a councillor has promised.

Residents in the area have been campaigning for several years for a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) to be built around Marsden Hall Road.

Two months ago, 221 residents signed a petition calling for one to be erected on land near to a community centre in the area.

Pendle Council officers were assigned to do a feasibility report, but produced the report for the wrong patch of land.

Campaigners criticised the council for the report at the Nelson Committee meeting on Monday, but have now been told that a final decision on where to place the MUGA will be made next month, and it will be built by April.

Coun Mohammed Iqbal said: “We should be collectively ashamed as a committee that children have had to put pen to paper to write to us and ask for play facilities in their area.

“We will get it up and running by next April. By next month we will have firm proposals on the table and will commit to getting the MUGA built.”

Campaigner Amanda Smith said: “There is nothing for children to do on the estate, they are getting brought home by police just for having a game of football or for playing on scooters because they are having to do it in the street.

“These are not bad kids, they just need somewhere to play.”

Another campaigner, Azhar Ali, said: “This has been going on for a long time, the residents are desperate for the MUGA so that children have somewhere to play.”

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10:58pm Thu 8 Nov 12

retsofad says...

Looks like the ex Cllr Azhar Ali is trying to make a come back as a local councillor after loosing the area NHS A&E in Burnley, loosing his place as an adviser to the last labour govenment putting his name to the building of the extention to Pendle Rise shopping centre that lost Nelson many shoppers who have never come back to Nelson to shop, through this many shops have now closed I hope that the people of Nelson are not taken in by this man's false face in helping residents with their concerns for a MUGA for children to play and boot him out of the borough for good
Looks like the ex Cllr Azhar Ali is trying to make a come back as a local councillor after loosing the area NHS A&E in Burnley, loosing his place as an adviser to the last labour govenment putting his name to the building of the extention to Pendle Rise shopping centre that lost Nelson many shoppers who have never come back to Nelson to shop, through this many shops have now closed I hope that the people of Nelson are not taken in by this man's false face in helping residents with their concerns for a MUGA for children to play and boot him out of the borough for good retsofad
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6:16am Fri 9 Nov 12

iqbal says...

Looking forward to it being opened
Looking forward to it being opened iqbal
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