Jumping for joy at new play area

Pupils & staff, local residents and councillors celebrate the new play area at the back of South Elmsall Social Centre on Westfield Lane.'h4316a105
Pupils & staff, local residents and councillors celebrate the new play area at the back of South Elmsall Social Centre on Westfield Lane.'h4316a105
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CHILDREN finally have a safe place to play after a £100,000 playground swung in to South Elmsall.

CHILDREN finally have a safe place to play after a £100,000 playground swung in to South Elmsall.

The new play area , behind the social centre on Westfield Lane, has an array of fun features, including zip wires, slides, swings, a merry-go-round and also a games area, all safely surrounded by protective fencing.

South Elmsall Town Council were officially handed the playground from Sutcliffe Play, which designed and built the facility, on Friday.

Councillor Bryan Capstick, who was the driving force behind the area, said he was ecstatic that it was finally complete.

He said: “It has taken 18 months to get this play area here and I think it will be a fantastic facility for children in the area.”

He said the equipment was superb and that it catered to children of all ages to enjoy.

The playground was funded by a £47,000 grant from Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) in July and a further grant of £43,995 from the Coalfields Regeneration trust, which was awarded at the end of September.

The council also contributed £10,000 to the project.

Local residents Sharon Wain and Linda Ellis originally suggested the need for a park in their village, and said it was fantastic that it had now been completed and since it opened, children had been playing on the park every day.

They thanked the town council for their hard work as they felt it was a real benefit for the children in the area.

Sutcliffe Play was contracted to start work on the area in November last year.

Mayoress South Elmsall Town Council Jean Askew said: “If it hadn’t have been for Bryan’s hard work and determination, this play area would never have happened. As a council we are so grateful to his for his time and for having the vision to do something so positive for the area.”

The playground has already attracted thieves, who stole a number of pieces of safety flooring, which were replaced before the launch.

But Coun Askew said the thefts did not take away from the success of the day.

Coun Capstick said it was a shame that it had happened and that the community needed to protect their community and the facilities in it.

He said: “I just wish these people would think about what they are doing and consider the effects it will have on the children in the area.”