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Work starts on new Whaley play area

Published on 13 March 2023

Work to install brand new play equipment at Jodrell Road in Whaley Bridge is now underway.

High Peak Borough Council has appointed specialist KOMPAN to carry out the work which is expected to take around six weeks. The existing play equipment will be removed and new facilities installed in their place.

The designs were chosen following consultation with local people including an online survey, delivery of leaflets and drop-in sessions at the Transhipment Warehouse.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: "I'm delighted that work is now starting at the Jodrell Road site. The local community were involved in making decisions about this project and they can look forward to new play equipment being in place in just a few weeks - and in good time for the longer, warmer days to come.

"Being active outdoors has so many health and wellbeing benefits and the Council is committed to investing in and improving play areas, parks and open spaces via dedicated development funding and a new Parks Strategy.

"New play areas such as this are a key part of delivering on that that which is why it's so important to us that we worked co-operatively with the people who will use these amenities to make sure what's provided meets local requirements.

"I look forward to this work being finished and to seeing people making full use of this new play area for many years to come."

KOMPAN have also been appointed to install a new play area in Simmondley which was also designed in collaboration with the local community. At this site, the play bark surfacing will be replaced with wetpour to make the space more accessible.

Work will start on that project in a few weeks time.