Call-out for more play facilities at town park

Families are calling out for more play equipment at Bent Lane Park
Families are calling out for more play equipment at Bent Lane Park
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Families in a quiet area of Leyland are calling out for better play facilities for children.

Residents have come together to ask South Ribble Council to consider ploughing some money into getting more play equipment at Bent Lane Park.

Dad-of-three Stuart Eccleston said: “I grew up in this area and I used to play there, but it’s an absolute disgrace now.

“There’s just a swing and a goalpost, and it’s such a shame.

“I’ve spoken to the council and they’ve said there’s no money, but there’s a lot being spent in other parks in Leyland, so I don’t know why they can’t improve this one.

“There used to be more play equipment here but it’s been vandalised over the years, and hasn’t been replaced.

“But the more an area is used, the less trouble it attracts and the more people will look after it.

“I’m just trying to avoid another generation of teens who loiter around the area.”

The council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and streetscene, Coun Peter Mullineaux, said: “The playground at Bent Lane is one of our sites that would benefit from development through the playground refurbishment scheme, as and when funding becomes available.

“The scheme has delivered some fantastic facilities in recent years including the nearby flagship playgrounds in Worden Park and Farington Park.

“We have worked hard over the past few years to improve playground facilities across the borough and have been able to refurbish many playgrounds thanks to lottery grants, funding from Lancashire County Council and other partners.

“We will continue to work hard to find funding for future developments.”