Work is set to begin on a new play area in Hyndburn which the council says will “enrich the lives of children in the area.”

The design of the new play area at Mercer Park in Clayton-le-Moors is a direct result of extensive consultations carried out with the help of Hyndburn Leisure Trust during an event last summer.

The play area, which has been crafted to align with what the community asked for, will deliver 12 new pieces of play equipment, including a trampoline, additional swings, three slides for different age groups, roundabouts, and an aerial runway.

The project has received substantial support, with a grant of £40,000 from the Lancashire Environment Fund awarded to the Clayton and Altham Prospects Panel.

Hyndburn Borough Council has also committed an additional investment of £125,000.

Deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for environmental services, Cllr Steven Smithson, said: “Hyndburn Borough Council is pleased to work with the local community and continues to invest in its parks and outdoor facilities. This project showcases our commitment to meeting the community’s aspirations for a dynamic new play area.”

Paul Worswick, from the Clayton and Altham Prospects Panel, added: “The new play area will be a fantastic addition to Mercer Park, ensuring it continues to meet and exceed local people’s expectations as an award-winning park."