Families in Leyland are calling out for a new play area - as it’s revealed youngsters have been playing along a river to keep themselves entertained.
Graeme McNaught, from Lowther Drive, has teamed up with parents, councillors and one of the borough’s MP candidates to campaign for a park near Heatherleigh in Farington Moss.
Farington Moss is set to get around 800 homes built there over the next few years, and he says this, along with the worry over children playing near water during the holidays, means urgent action is needed.
“The kids are currently playing by the river, because there’s nowhere else for them to go,” he said. “It worries me that it’s not safe.
“And if we’re having big housing developments, it’s only fair that we get a safe place for local children to play.”
Veronica Bennett, Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for South Ribble at the 2015 general election, has teamed up with borough councillor Mick Titherington and families to fight their corner.
She said: “I spoke to Graeme who told me there was a real need for play equipment for children.
“Within 24 hours news of the campaign spread and we were met at the site by dozens of families.
“The number of families in the area is growing. We have to be sensitive to neighbouring residents and it will be a priority to find a local site that works for everybody.
“There are big housing developments planned for this community. It’s always my view that where private developers are building homes, they need to help with the infrastructure and facilities that new and existing communities need.”
Coun Titherington added: “It’s really impressive to see the strength of feeling from families wanting a safe place for children to play.”
A petition has now been launched asking South Ribble Council “to provide a secure, quality play area facility to serve the children of Earnshaw Bridge and surrounding areas.”
Coun Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene responded: “Wherever new developments are planned, we will always look at the provision of playground facilities and assess the needs in that area.
“What I would also encourage is for residents to attend their local My Neighbourhood Forum meetings.
“There, they will be able to have their say on what is needed in their area and how and where funding is spent.”
The next Leyland Forum is on September 11 at 7pm at the Civic Centre, West Paddock.