Playground priorities set

A PRIORITY list of the borough’s most deserving playground improvements has been drawn up by councillors.

The move follows wholesale changes in the way Open Space funds – the cash that property developer firms must pay alongside their application for community facilities – is allocated.

There has been a long running complaint from opposition councillors that the Section 106 cash pot, as it is termed, isn’t always spent in the same wards in which it is generated.

Now, with the end of Wigan’s 10 Township Forums as part of the Government’s controversial Localism Bill, councillors themselves have named what they believe are the most deserving play parks across the borough.

And priority nominations include:

l Heywood Park in Golborne Coun Yvonne Klieve said: “It missed out when Pathfinder Funding was withdrawn by the Government. The park was earmaked for an adventure playground aimed at teenagers rather than young children.”

l Thomas Street Rec, Hindley Green

Council director of places Gillian Bishop, who will make the decision on which are chosen, said:“Spending on play provision continues to be within the townships that the funding is collected from but this is made against a list of play provision priorities for each township area.”