Revamped playground is a hit with schoolchildren

Pupils from Swinton Brookfield Primary School helped officially open a new children's play area in Dun Street. Our picture shows, from left, Harvey Atkinson, aged seven, Sophie Bailey, aged eight, Lilly Jeffcoate, aged seven, Maisie Oliver, aged ten, and Sadie Thompson, aged nine.
Pupils from Swinton Brookfield Primary School helped officially open a new children's play area in Dun Street. Our picture shows, from left, Harvey Atkinson, aged seven, Sophie Bailey, aged eight, Lilly Jeffcoate, aged seven, Maisie Oliver, aged ten, and Sadie Thompson, aged nine.
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YOUNGSTERS have given the thumbs-up to a newly-revamped play area near their school.

Children from Brookfield Primary School, Swinton, were invited to the official opening of the refurbished space in nearby Dun Street.

Once a rundown blot on the landscape, the playground has been transformed into a play haven which aims to blend natural surroundings with traditional equipment.

Funding for the project came from waste recycling tax credits, Wentworth North area housing panel and the three Rotherham Council Swinton ward members’ community funds.

It cost about £41,000 to complete the overhaul.

Developers say the new area is designed to create a ‘stimulating and challenging’ play environment for children.

Gaynor Murray, Brookfield deputy headteacher, said: “We were invited to the opening so took the school council along ranging from ages six to 11.

“Some of them had already played on it and said it was great for little ones and the bigger children.

“The play area is accessed by a lot of our children and it is an enhanced facility for the community and an asset to it.

“The playground as it was before was awful. Those who instigated funding deserve credit, it’s tremendous.”