Neighbours on the way to achieving new play area goal

Residents on Dineley Avenue, Todmorden at the propose playground site. Christine Szymik, Harley Holme aged four, Julie Ferrie, Amy Szymik, Mason Holmes aged 20months, Kevin Westney and Kylie Jay.
Residents on Dineley Avenue, Todmorden at the propose playground site. Christine Szymik, Harley Holme aged four, Julie Ferrie, Amy Szymik, Mason Holmes aged 20months, Kevin Westney and Kylie Jay.

NEIGHBOURS are paving the way for a new play area on the Ashenhurst estate in Todmorden.

Residents have formed an action group to achieve the goal of installing facilities on Dineley Avenue.

The group has received £35,000 of funding from Calderdale Council and has organised several events in an attempt to generate the additional £20,000 required for the project to go-ahead.

Julie Ferrie, from the action group, said: “We need to get the park up here because there are a lot of deprived children who have nothing to do.

“We have done really well so far. We managed to raise £700 at two events.

“It leaves us a long way to go but I’m quietly optimistic.”

The group entered the parade at Todmorden Carnival and also held a street party to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

A bag pack at Morrisons and a jumble sale are also planned.

Following feedback from youngsters on the estate, planners and architects are working on designs.

“I think it’s going to be a massive benefit to the people who live here because we are not going to have bored children running around wrecking the place,” Julie said.

“Hopefully we will be giving them something to do.

“The kids are getting quite involved with it. It’s good because it gives them a sense of owning the park.”

She thanked Kirsten Fussing, of Calderdale Council for her help and support with the project.

“Without her, none of this would be possible,” Julie said.