Mums fed up at park setbacks

Frustrated: Nicola and Grace Billington at the closed gates of Worden Park's play area, which has hit delays
Frustrated: Nicola and Grace Billington at the closed gates of Worden Park's play area, which has hit delays

Mums visiting a Leyland playground have been left disappointed to find that the gates are still shut.

The new-look Worden Park play area was initially set to open in time for Easter, but unexpected drainage work has meant the project will now only be finished by early June.

Mum-of-two Nicola Billington, who lives in Ulnes Walton with husband Lee, expected the work to be complete when she took daughter Grace, aged three, and son Rowan, 10 months, to play there last week.

She said: “There used to be a sign at the entrance saying that the park would be opening in the Spring, but now it says it’s due to re-open in June.

“I was really disappointed because I was looking forward to taking Grace and Rowan there again.

“There were three other mums there too, who had travelled from Wigan especially to have a picnic in the playground.

“They’d travelled a lot further than I had, so they weren’t very happy.”

She worries that people may start to lose interest in the play area as it remains closed over the Easter holidays, and says she’s had to resort to going elsewhere to keep the children entertained.

“I ended up visiting Astley Park in Chorley instead last week,” she said. “We also went to the park in Bamber Bridge, which was actually better than Worden Park, so we’ll definitely be going there again.”

South Ribble Borough Council’s Director of Corporate Governance, Maureen Wood, said: “Our redeveloped playgrounds are the envy of the North West, and we are well on the way to completing our extensive programme of improvements at the award-winning Worden Park, which should be up-and-running by early June.

“The weather earlier this year and issues with suppliers have unfortunately caused some delays, but we have put in a lot of hard work and we will ensure we get it right rather than rush anything through at this stage.

“I am sure that it will be worth the wait, and in the meantime I would encourage people to explore the rest of the park or make the most of our many other unique playgrounds across South Ribble, including the £500,000 development at Withy Grove which is regarded as one of the best in Europe.”