New play area for kids in Nelson

This Is Lancashire: Viewing the new equipment up close are (from left) Adam Dear, 10, of Bradley Primary School, Coun Mohammed Iqbal, Judith Stockton from Pendle Council Regeneration, Amelia Dew, programme manager for Newground, Anne Kingston, of the Lancashire Environment F Viewing the new equipment up close are (from left) Adam Dear, 10, of Bradley Primary School, Coun Mohammed Iqbal, Judith Stockton from Pendle Council Regeneration, Amelia Dew, programme manager for Newground, Anne Kingston, of the Lancashire Environment F

CHILDREN in the Bradley area of Nelson will have somewhere to play now after the opening of a new play area that they helped design.

Plans for the play area on Fleet Street, which was opened this week, came after concerns from the Bradley Residents’ Association over a shortage of play equipment in the area.

Funded by Lancashire Environment Fund (LEF), Lancashire County Council, Nelson Town Council and Pendle Council, it includes a mixture of natural play with mounds and boulders, as well as more traditional play equipment such as swings and a climbing frame.

Coun Mohammed Iqbal, a Bradley ward councillor, said the play area had been welcomed by the community.

“The Bradley Residents’ Association felt there wasn’t enough play provision for small children in Bradley,” he said “This new facility has been really welcomed by them and will benefit residents for years to come.”

It was designed by Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, who worked in partnership with Lancashire County Council and Pendle Council to secure LEF funding.

Children from Bradley Primary School suggested what should be included in the play area, along with members of the Bradley Residents’ Association.

Coun Joe Cooney, leader of Pendle Council, said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in securing funding for this much needed facility.

“This is a fantastic example of working with our residents to find out what they want and meeting their needs as much as we can.”

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1:13am Fri 6 Dec 13

Sara bb9 says...

More funding awarded to the Bradley Ward again. One wonders why some of the £10,000,00 (ten million) they have been given over the last 4 years was not earmarked for a play area? And what about the 1 million the residents of Bradley were awarded quite recently from the big lottery fund, shouldn't the funding for a new play area have been taken out of that? That way, funding that is already in short supply could be used to create a play area in the Marsden ward, in particular children that live in Social/council Housing on Oxford Road, Hollins road and the junction of Hollins Road and Marsden Road who are left to play football and on their scooters in the street, play hide and seek and tag in around old sewer systems &disused mine shafts on Gib Hill.
Marsden did receive funding for a multi-use games area, if one can call football and basketball as "multi-use? But they're expected to play in the dark as there is no lighting. Marsden does have a "community center" (even though my shed is in better condition) which provides a youth club on Friday's. More than 50 children attend this for 90 mins &the only equipment they have is a tiny table top snooker & air hockey table, 1 laptop (awarded by Andrew Stephenson)& a few soft play mats that are used for the creche/nursery provision during the day! As a long term resident of Marsden, which is predominantly white, it does seem that when any funding or grants become available they are given to Asian dominated wards such as Bradley and Whitefield. We are talking millions of pounds so its not like there isn't enough to go round! I am sure there are others that feel the same as me but why isn't anyone speaking up? Is it because they are scared in case they are called "racists" and might be arrested at the crack of dawn? or is it because their wards have double the amount of Councillors other wards have, giving them a majority vote in the council meetings? Is it because there is a shortage of labour /liberal candidates that live in Marsden or is it the 2 Councillors we do have aren't working as hard for us as other Councillors do for their community or are we been further punished because we live in Social Housing? All of the above! Our neglected communities are diminishing while others are flourishing and until we all get of our lazy bums, get together&demand a better service &equal treatment from our council, councilors& social landlords, funding will always go to communities where there is an obvious & visible need, regardless of the ethnicity.
More funding awarded to the Bradley Ward again. One wonders why some of the £10,000,00 (ten million) they have been given over the last 4 years was not earmarked for a play area? And what about the 1 million the residents of Bradley were awarded quite recently from the big lottery fund, shouldn't the funding for a new play area have been taken out of that? That way, funding that is already in short supply could be used to create a play area in the Marsden ward, in particular children that live in Social/council Housing on Oxford Road, Hollins road and the junction of Hollins Road and Marsden Road who are left to play football and on their scooters in the street, play hide and seek and tag in around old sewer systems &disused mine shafts on Gib Hill. Marsden did receive funding for a multi-use games area, if one can call football and basketball as "multi-use? But they're expected to play in the dark as there is no lighting. Marsden does have a "community center" (even though my shed is in better condition) which provides a youth club on Friday's. More than 50 children attend this for 90 mins &the only equipment they have is a tiny table top snooker & air hockey table, 1 laptop (awarded by Andrew Stephenson)& a few soft play mats that are used for the creche/nursery provision during the day! As a long term resident of Marsden, which is predominantly white, it does seem that when any funding or grants become available they are given to Asian dominated wards such as Bradley and Whitefield. We are talking millions of pounds so its not like there isn't enough to go round! I am sure there are others that feel the same as me but why isn't anyone speaking up? Is it because they are scared in case they are called "racists" and might be arrested at the crack of dawn? or is it because their wards have double the amount of Councillors other wards have, giving them a majority vote in the council meetings? Is it because there is a shortage of labour /liberal candidates that live in Marsden or is it the 2 Councillors we do have aren't working as hard for us as other Councillors do for their community or are we been further punished because we live in Social Housing? All of the above! Our neglected communities are diminishing while others are flourishing and until we all get of our lazy bums, get together&demand a better service &equal treatment from our council, councilors& social landlords, funding will always go to communities where there is an obvious & visible need, regardless of the ethnicity. Sara bb9

10:03am Fri 13 Dec 13

ron1946 says...

Sara bb9 wrote:
More funding awarded to the Bradley Ward again. One wonders why some of the £10,000,00 (ten million) they have been given over the last 4 years was not earmarked for a play area? And what about the 1 million the residents of Bradley were awarded quite recently from the big lottery fund, shouldn't the funding for a new play area have been taken out of that? That way, funding that is already in short supply could be used to create a play area in the Marsden ward, in particular children that live in Social/council Housing on Oxford Road, Hollins road and the junction of Hollins Road and Marsden Road who are left to play football and on their scooters in the street, play hide and seek and tag in around old sewer systems &disused mine shafts on Gib Hill. Marsden did receive funding for a multi-use games area, if one can call football and basketball as "multi-use? But they're expected to play in the dark as there is no lighting. Marsden does have a "community center" (even though my shed is in better condition) which provides a youth club on Friday's. More than 50 children attend this for 90 mins &the only equipment they have is a tiny table top snooker & air hockey table, 1 laptop (awarded by Andrew Stephenson)& a few soft play mats that are used for the creche/nursery provision during the day! As a long term resident of Marsden, which is predominantly white, it does seem that when any funding or grants become available they are given to Asian dominated wards such as Bradley and Whitefield. We are talking millions of pounds so its not like there isn't enough to go round! I am sure there are others that feel the same as me but why isn't anyone speaking up? Is it because they are scared in case they are called "racists" and might be arrested at the crack of dawn? or is it because their wards have double the amount of Councillors other wards have, giving them a majority vote in the council meetings? Is it because there is a shortage of labour /liberal candidates that live in Marsden or is it the 2 Councillors we do have aren't working as hard for us as other Councillors do for their community or are we been further punished because we live in Social Housing? All of the above! Our neglected communities are diminishing while others are flourishing and until we all get of our lazy bums, get together&demand a better service &equal treatment from our council, councilors& social landlords, funding will always go to communities where there is an obvious & visible need, regardless of the ethnicity.
well said Sara spot on
[quote][p][bold]Sara bb9[/bold] wrote: More funding awarded to the Bradley Ward again. One wonders why some of the £10,000,00 (ten million) they have been given over the last 4 years was not earmarked for a play area? And what about the 1 million the residents of Bradley were awarded quite recently from the big lottery fund, shouldn't the funding for a new play area have been taken out of that? That way, funding that is already in short supply could be used to create a play area in the Marsden ward, in particular children that live in Social/council Housing on Oxford Road, Hollins road and the junction of Hollins Road and Marsden Road who are left to play football and on their scooters in the street, play hide and seek and tag in around old sewer systems &disused mine shafts on Gib Hill. Marsden did receive funding for a multi-use games area, if one can call football and basketball as "multi-use? But they're expected to play in the dark as there is no lighting. Marsden does have a "community center" (even though my shed is in better condition) which provides a youth club on Friday's. More than 50 children attend this for 90 mins &the only equipment they have is a tiny table top snooker & air hockey table, 1 laptop (awarded by Andrew Stephenson)& a few soft play mats that are used for the creche/nursery provision during the day! As a long term resident of Marsden, which is predominantly white, it does seem that when any funding or grants become available they are given to Asian dominated wards such as Bradley and Whitefield. We are talking millions of pounds so its not like there isn't enough to go round! I am sure there are others that feel the same as me but why isn't anyone speaking up? Is it because they are scared in case they are called "racists" and might be arrested at the crack of dawn? or is it because their wards have double the amount of Councillors other wards have, giving them a majority vote in the council meetings? Is it because there is a shortage of labour /liberal candidates that live in Marsden or is it the 2 Councillors we do have aren't working as hard for us as other Councillors do for their community or are we been further punished because we live in Social Housing? All of the above! Our neglected communities are diminishing while others are flourishing and until we all get of our lazy bums, get together&demand a better service &equal treatment from our council, councilors& social landlords, funding will always go to communities where there is an obvious & visible need, regardless of the ethnicity.[/p][/quote]well said Sara spot on ron1946

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