Play park promise

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Mirfield children will have a new playground within six weeks, according to a Kirklees Council officer.

A popular play area at the bottom of Newgate, in Lower Hopton, was demolished earlier in the year. The land was leased by Kirklees, who built the playground, but the landowner decided to take the land back in April.

At a meeting of Mirfield Town Council on Tuesday, Kirklees Council’s head of parks and leisure, John Fletcher, gave a presentation on the provision of playgrounds in the town. A playground was planned as part of the development of Ings Grove Park in Huddersfield Road.

However, as the development nears completion, councillors were concerned that the playground may not appear.

Mayor of Mirfield, Coun Pat Sutcliffe, said: “With Ings Grove Park, we were promised a children’s park, but there is no sign of a park.”

But on Tuesday, Mr Fletcher said that the park equipment had been ordered and would arrive in four to six weeks, to be set up within six weeks. A Council spokesman confirmed a play area was being built at Ings Grove Park.

Mr Fletcher also agreed to find out if a high mound of soil in the park could be removed. Coun Sutcliffe said that children were able to use the mound to climb on the top of a nearby bus stop in Huddersfield Road, damaging the bus stop and risking their own safety.