A derelict play area in Pembroke Park, destroyed in the flood of 2007, has been brought back to life thanks to Oakhurst councillors Emma Faramazi and Toby Elliott.
It should have been rebuilt in 2010 under the national play builder programme but the budget was slashed by the coalition government.
However the councillors secured £60,000 in May 2012 which funded installation of a range of adventurous equipment during the summer holidays.
Cllr Faramazi said: “The play space offers lots of opportunities for children in Pembroke Park; I’m glad we’ve been able to bring a very untidy area back into use. The climbing frame, pole and walkways are really exciting.”
Cllr Elliott added: “Officers worked closely with residents to select the most appropriate items of equipment for the money available. There’s some really great kit with amusing touches like the carved owls and faces.”
Resident Charlotte Cobb makes a daily visit with her daughter Eowyn. “The state of the area after the flood was terrible, a complete bog. The old equipment was wrecked. What we have now is absolutely beautiful; the local children love it.”
Pictured: top: in front, Ellie and Xavier Faramazi, rear, from left, localities officer Helena Robinson, Emma Faramazi, Charlotte and Eowyn Cobb, Toby Elliott.
Right and belwo: Emma and Ellie Faramazi, Charlotte and Eowyn Cobb, Xavier Faramazi and Toby Elliott.