Partnership working saves Beckbury Drive play area

A local play area that was due to be removed has been saved thanks to partnership working between Telford & Wrekin Council, Stirchley and Brookside Parish Council and a group of local residents.

Partnership working saves Beckbury Drive play area

The play area in Beckbury Drive was one of 11 play areas due to be removed this month as part of budget savings that Telford & Wrekin Council need to make due to cuts in Government funding.

Residents in Beckbury Drive were upset by the news and called for the Council to try and find a way of saving the play area.

After talks with Stirchley and Brookside Parish Council and local residents, a solution has now been found.  The two councils have agreed to enter into a partnership agreement to save the play area, with the parish council taking on the maintenance of the play area and working with local residents to form a ‘friends of’ group which can then apply for grant funding for improvements.

Councillor Arnold England, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for communities, said: “Although we are having to make some difficult financial decisions, we always try to work with our communities and town and parish councils to find solutions.  I was delighted that we were able to come to this arrangement.”

Chair of Stirchley and Brookside Parish Council councillor Jackie Loveridge said: “After listening to residents we were happy to help.   We look forward to continuing to work with the community to look after this much loved play area.”

The news was welcomed by councillor John Minor cabinet member for leisure, green space and parks. He said: ““This is another fantastic example of partnership working.  It just goes to show what can be achieved if we work together.  Everyone involved deserves a big pat on the back.”