The campaign to replace the run down and dated playground in Grangewood Park has been successful.

The playground which is over 40 year’s old has become more and more dilapidated and now a number of pieces of equipment are no longer useable and have been removed for health and safety reasons.

The council said it would repair and replace the damaged equipment. However, following a petition organised by the Friends of Grangewood Park in October signed by over 700 people, which was passed to the cabinet member responsible for parks Cllr Oliver Lewis, funding has now been secured for Grangewood Park.

In addition another two playgrounds including the outdated playground on Northwood Road also in CR7 are set to be replaced.

The council is submitting a final round of applications in March for a wider programme, following which it will be undertaking a tender process to regenerate the playgrounds in one lot. The council says it will be engaging with the FoGP on the specifics of the  new Grangewood Park playground.

In the summer the park saw the opening of an outdoor gym which was funded by money secured by the FoGP via S106 and support from the mental health charity – the Matt Palmer Trust.

The equipment which was removed last year was meant to be repaired but is now unlikely to be returned as it is not cost effective.