Better playgrounds closer to home

Children in Merton are having more fun in the playground following a revamp of play areas at six housing estates in Merton.

Merton Council was one of just 30 councils in the UK to successfully bid for pathfinder status last June – meaning it scooped a total of £2.5 million from the government’s children, schools and families department (DCSF) to pay for new play equipment across the borough.

A total of £300,000 was spent on refurbishing the six play areas in the estates. Residents and their children were involved in setting out the specifications for all six playgrounds to be refurbished, including the two on High Path estate, Marsh Court and Priory Close.

To celebrate the completion of the play areas, the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Nick Draper, cabinet member for housing and community services, Councillor Linda Scott and cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Debbie Shears took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Marsh Court estate – one of the first under the Pathfinder project to be completed.

Local children from Merton Abbey Primary School joined in the celebration where they had a chance to test out the new equipment and give it their very own stamp of approval.

Councillor Linda Scott, cabinet member for housing and community services said: “It’s great to be able to offer these new play facilities to local residents and children at Marsh Court and Priory Close have already expressed their delight with the new play equipment.

‘As well as enhancing the appearance of the local area, the new playgrounds are a fantastic way for families to spend quality time together without it costing them a penny.”