New equipment for Onchan playground

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CHILDREN in Onchan are to get new play equipment.

The playground in the village’s park has been closed for several weeks.

Much of the equipment in the playground was past its best, some of it being more than 50 years old.

The latest inspection showed the condition of some units had deteriorated to such an extent that they were now beyond economic repair. Some of the equipment was condemned, so the commissioners shut the playground.

At the commissioners’ board meeting on Monday, members agreed to buy new playground equipment and fund landscaping.

The chairman of the commissioners, Robin Turton, said: ‘Work on the new structures will begin shortly. Unfortunately it will not be completed for Easter, when the roller rink is there, but it is hoped that everything will be ready by mid-May. It will be a great improvement for the park and I am sure that children will find it tremendous fun.’

The playground refurbishment, estimated at £150,000, is a capital project funded from the authority’s reserves so it will not affect the rates, which have already been set for 2013/14.

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