10-year wait for playground is over

PUBLISHED: 11:01 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 11 May 2010

AT LAST: The playground is ready for action. 3199DW004

AT LAST: The playground is ready for action. 3199DW004

AFTER a 10-year wait, children on a Royston housing estate finally have a playground. The building of a children s play area was a condition of the planning permission granted to developers Twigden, who built the Redwing Rise estate in 1997. However, a se

AFTER a 10-year wait, children on a Royston housing estate finally have a playground.

The building of a children's play area was a condition of the planning permission granted to developers Twigden, who built the Redwing Rise estate in 1997.

However, a series of delays meant work on the playground did not begin until last September, and it was finally completed earlier this month.

Royston town councillor Robert Smith, of Redwing Rise, is "delighted" that the playground is now ready.

Cllr Smith, who also leads the Redwing Rise residents group, said: "The building work has been complete for a while, but we were just waiting for safety inspections to be carried out.

"It's lovely to see children out there finally enjoying the playground, and from what I've seen it's already being well used."

Previously, Cllr Smith had spoken of a "complete lack of action" from Twigden, but is happy that the developers have now carried out their obligations.

"There are still a few of their fencing panels and concrete blocks which need clearing up, but all in all it's looking good now, and will no doubt be a valuable facility for the local community," he said.

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