A TIRED and dilapidated playground will receive a fresh new look.

Work started on the children’s play area on Stonesteads Drive, Bromley Cross, earlier this week.

The site will cost around £60,000 to renovate, creating a brand new space for little ones.

Children from nearby Eagley Infants were given the chance to have a say in the redesigned playpark, with Cllr Nadim Muslim, Cllr Sam Connor, and Cllr David Greenhalgh visiting the school before Christmas to hear from the pupils.

Announcing the work on his Facebook page, Cllr Greenhalgh said: “Around £60,000 of investment is going into creating a brand new play area, with a significant contribution from 106 monies, funds that Jones Homes committed to contribute for community use from the Last Drop development.

“Myself and my ward colleagues went in to Eagley Infants before Christmas to ask a selection of children what they wanted, and their views have been fed back into the design and choices for the new play area.

“By the time the play area is finished myself, Sam and Nadim hope to have a community event there, lockdown rules permitting, marking the opening of new play area, and work closely with the school to look after the landscaping and flower beds.“

Residents asked why the run-down park would not be upgraded back in 2017, when Jones Homes gained permission for the 98-dwelling Last Drop Village development.

At the time, a Section 106 agreement – a deal struck between local authorities and developers to ensure developments do not have a negative impact on the surrounding area – put aside over £84,000 to go towards improving the play area in Little Brow.

Many residents questioned why the Stonesteads Drive site was not being upgraded, as they believed it was closer to the development, in dire need of modernisation, and more important for the children attending Eagley Infant School.

Now, the Section 106 agreement has covered most of the costs associated with the upgrade, breathing fresh life into the tired playground.

In addition to the improvements at Stonesteads Drive, the playpark in Little Brow will have chippings from local road works laid to create paths onto the area.

Improvements to the site are being looked into by the Bromley Cross ward councillors.