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Families' big hope is just child's play

PUBLISHED: 03:18 20 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS from several Ipswich estates have joined forces with the aim of improving facilities at a nearby park.

People from Castle Hill, Whitton and Dale Hall all want to see investment in Castle Hill Park on Congreve Road.

RESIDENTS from several Ipswich estates have joined forces with the aim of improving facilities at a nearby park.

People from Castle Hill, Whitton and Dale Hall all want to see investment in Castle Hill Park on Congreve Road.

So far 200 people have signed a petition urging the council to spend some money on the recreation ground.

The land, which used to boast many children's play facilities, has dwindled in recent years and broken play equipment has not been replaced.

Now the park is served by just a couple of sets of swings, a slide and several seats.

Sam Alcock, who has daughters aged four and eight, said: "There used to be a lot more here. It would be nice if there was a climbing frame or a see-saw"

Chris Paterson, of Cedarcroft Road, added: "Over the last couple of years things have gone and not been replaced.

"Many people from here grew up in the area and remember when things were so much better. They just want the facilities to be as good for their children."

However the residents were keen to stress that they want to work with the council, not against them.

Mrs Alcock added: "We realise we are in competition with others for limited council funding, however with imagination and determination, we feel the council can provide a play area to give years of enjoyment to our community.

"We are working closely with the parks manager and landscape development officer at the council. We are not heading an anti borough council campaign all we wish to do is persuade the appropriate executive committee to provide the necessary funding."

One suggestion is that the play area should be separate from a dog walking area.

Mrs Alcock said: "Many residents who signed our petition are dog owners but it is generally felt that a dog free zone would be a good idea.

"We just want the park to be a good facility for everybody who uses it."

n Christchurch Park in Ipswich town centre has new play equipment. See next page.


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