Community rallies round to transform local rec’

Ceremony: At the opening of the new-look Pellon Rec, to be called Sandbeds Park, off Stretchgate Lane, Pellon, are; David Hughes, seven, Sophie Rogers, eight, deputy mayoress Jennifer Pearson and deputy mayor Peter Wardhaugh.''Below: Staff from Barclays Bank, Halifax; Chris Swallow, Allison Butler, Anne-Marie Southern and Steve Higgins help with the improvement work
Ceremony: At the opening of the new-look Pellon Rec, to be called Sandbeds Park, off Stretchgate Lane, Pellon, are; David Hughes, seven, Sophie Rogers, eight, deputy mayoress Jennifer Pearson and deputy mayor Peter Wardhaugh.''Below: Staff from Barclays Bank, Halifax; Chris Swallow, Allison Butler, Anne-Marie Southern and Steve Higgins help with the improvement work

JUBLIANT community campaigners have officially opened their new revamped park in Pellon.

The project at the Pellon Rec - to be called Sandbeds Park - is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work to improve the area for children.

Staff from Barclays Bank helping out at Pellon Rec which is due to open this week on April 3'Pictured are Chris Swallow, Allison Butler, Anne-Marie Southern and Steve Higgins

Staff from Barclays Bank helping out at Pellon Rec which is due to open this week on April 3'Pictured are Chris Swallow, Allison Butler, Anne-Marie Southern and Steve Higgins

Phase one, completed last year, saw play equipment for children aged eight and above installed, along with goal posts and a footpath.

Now phase two has finished, thanks to a Big Lottery Community Spaces grant of £47,000, which paid for play equipment for younger children and other improvements at the park.

Paul Tait, chairman of Action For Pellon community group, said: “It’s been about one and a half years, working on the park.

“It was so important to do because there was nothing there. There were a couple of old bits of obselete play equipment that couldn’t be done up because of their age. So there was nothing for the kids.

“So this is brilliant.

“The official opening was just great and so exciting. The children think it’s fantastic.”

Mr Tait paid special thanks to Groundworks, who ran the project on the group’s behalf, Councillor Keith Hutson (Lib Deb, Warley), highways contractors Amey who worked free of charge to redesign safer steps and tidied the car park entrance.

He also thanked staff at the Hailfax branch of Barclays Bank, who helped out, and Cadbury’s which provided chocolate eggs for the children.

Mr Tait added he now hopes for a phase three and plans to raise money for a swing and slide at the park.