Play site starts

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Work has begun to build a £90,000 children’s outdoor games area on Town Field.

The planned multi-use games area has divided opinion between councillors and some Town Moor residents in a long running-row that went all the way to the Planning Inspectorate.

The proposal to build an all-weather pitch, changing rooms and a tea room which can be used by youngsters and adults, in particular local sports clubs, was stalled after residents opposed the scheme.

An application was made to give the land round the site protected village green status.

The matter was referred to the Planning Inspectorate, which agreed for the plans to go ahead.

Coun Cliff Hampson, ward councillor for Town Moor, said he believed that the play area would provide a “fantastic” facility for young people and in particular for Town Moor Tigers junior football club and Town Moor Primary School.

Coun Hampson said he expects the work on the site to be completed by the end of this month.