Official opening for revamped Westlands play area

The play area on Westlands in Droitwich has been officially opened following a £45,000 revamp.

Cllr George Duffy, Mayor of Droitwich and who represents Westlands on Wychavon District Council, had the honour of cutting the ribbon to celebrate the project's completion.

Three new pieces of play equipment have been installed along with new safety surfacing, while existing equipment has also been given a new coat of paint.

The project was jointly funded by Platform Housing, Wychavon, builders' merchant Travis Perkins and Cllr Richard Morris, who represents the area on Worcestershire County Council, using money from his Divisional Fund.

Improving the play area was one of the top asks from residents as part of the Droitwich West Summit held in September last year, which brought together people from a range of different organisations to agree an action plan to improve the area.

Cllr George Duffy, Mayor of Droitwich and who represents Droitwich West on Wychavon District Council, said: "The improvements to the play area have made a massive difference and are a huge achievement by Wychavon, Platform Housing, Travis Perkins and the residents' association. It's wonderful to see the children using the park, getting so much enjoyment from it and wanting to make sure there were as many of them using the equipment as there were of us."

Chris Colley, Community Officer for Platform Housing, said: "This project came about by listening to the community here on the estate. Through meetings and surveys conducted alongside Wychavon, a playground for the children was identified as the top priority. We worked with Wychavon, plus partners Travis Perkins and Cllr Morris to put together a budget and consult the residents on what equipment should be installed.

"It's a great example of how working together can make a real difference to the families here and by listening to them we can spend money on what is most important."

Ian Blunt, Regional Manager at Travis Perkins, one of the partners involved said: "We're proud to have supported this initiative which will add to the community as a whole. It was great to be able to come and see the park and was also pleasing to see that many children from the community have already started to use the facilities and are clearly enjoying the new space."

Cllr Chris Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: "Improving the play area was one of residents' top priorities identified at the Droitwich West Summit. Hopefully it is just the first of many more future improvements to the area." 

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