Play area finally set to be finished

Parents and children on the Gillibrands Play area which has been fenced off
Parents and children on the Gillibrands Play area which has been fenced off

Parents and children are celebrating news that their two-year battle to complete a Chorley playground looks like ending in success.

Residents on Gillibrands estate have been left in the cold, as metal fencing has blocked access to the play area and it has been left in a mess.

However, developer Taylor Wimpey has vowed to hand over the site to Chorley Council, who will maintain it in the future.

Delighted parent Gareth Birkett, 33, said: “It is great for the kids because there has been nothing else for them to do while it has been closed. It looks fabulous, and I think it is long overdue.”

Heather Clipton, of the Moor Road Residents Group, has been spearheading a fight to clean up the site.

Explaining the fight, Mrs Clipton, of Keepers Wood Way, said: “My three-year-old daughter Sophie keeps walking past the park and has been telling me she wants to go and play on it.

“The most frustrating thing about it is that there does not seem like there is that much work to do, so I don’t know why they could not have done it sooner.

“I have been chasing the developers with email, discussed it with councillors and people in Chorley Council to find out who is responsible.The developers did not want to do anything about it, and the council could not make them do the work.

“It has been hard work because we don’t have a community centre to get together to discuss our people’s concerns about the play area.

“We have had a few sporadic meetings, but the parents have kept asking me what was happened and there has been not much progress up to now.”

Coun Steve Holgate, who represents the Chorley South East area, said: “After being aware of how important this issue has been to local residents over the past two years, it is fantastic that families are going to be able to get a play area they deserve and need.”

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: “Taylor Wimpey has commenced remedial work on the playground and hopes to be soon in the position to hand it over to Chorley Borough Council.”