MP welcomes improvements to childhood play area in Longwell Green

Campaigners have welcomed plans for a major facelift of a tired play area in Longwell Green.

£30,000 has been allocated by Conservative-run South Gloucestershire Council to replace ageing equipment at the Williams Close play area, which local MP Chris Skidmore used when he was a child growing up in the area.

The old spiral slide is very near the end of its life and the council will be removing it on health & safety grounds. Unfortunately the old design is no longer compliant with the current play area safety standards so an alternative style has been selected.

This new slide tower will be suitable for children aged 4 upwards and will have some accessible features for children with mobility issues. The council will also improve the rubber surfacing throughout the play area.

Since 2015, local Conservative councillors have secured £10million of investment into the district's public open spaces. The nearby Shellards Road play area in Longwell Green has also received significant new funding in the last couple of years.

Welcoming the plans, MP Chris Skidmore said:

“Growing up in Longwell Green as a child, the Williams Close play area is where my parents would take me and so I have very fond childhood memories of it. It has changed a lot in the thirty or so years since then and it’s great to hear that it is to receive another round of improvements so it can continue to serve local families, thanks to the local council's record investment plans.”

Conservative Councillors for Longwell Green Toby Savage and Christine Price added: “We are delighted that these much-needed upgrades to the play area are about to begin. It is important for our communities to have good quality public spaces and play equipment for local children to enjoy, particularly as they look to get outside more with the gradual relaxation of lockdown. We are delighted that the Conservative-run council’s record investment programme is benefitting Longwell Green as well as many other communities.”