Council candidate plans to renovate derelict and unsafe play areas in Northampton

Tresham Green play area
Tresham Green play area

A Labour Party candidate has launched a campaign to renovate derelict play areas in a Northampton estate and bring them back into use.

Terrie Eales (Lab, Kings Heath) has raised concernes about the state of children’s play areas in the Ryehill estate, which contain swing sets with no swings, decommissioned slides and seesaws and unsafe concrete flooring.

She has arranged meetings with residents and council officers to discuss improvements that can be made to the areas, including Chadwick Gardens, Lennox Walk, Mitchell Close, Mordaunt Lane, Perceval Close, Montague Crescent/Siward View.

Mrs Eales said: “These areas have been terribly neglected for too long, there are many children on the Ryehill estate that need and deserve safe places to play.

“Myself and local residents desperately want the small play areas restored and brought back into safe usability. Also, on a bigger scale, we want to see the slide and swings in Tresham Green brought back into use and the old tennis court converted into a games area for football or basketball.

“Further meetings with council officers and residents groups have been arranged to discuss the issue and any external funding that could be sought to get this work done that will enhance the area.”