£45,000 work at play park

April 02 2020

A PARK wrecked in an arson attack has reopened after repairs and renovations costing £45,000.

Springfield Park play area in Mangotsfield was closed to the public for almost a year after a slide and safety matting was damaged when it was set on fire.

Work to repair the play area started in January but was delayed by bad weather, although this resulted in work being carried out to improve drainage at the site.

The play area is now open to the public again and already being actively used by local children.

Emersons Green Conservative ward councillors Rachael Hunt, Colin Hunt and Judy Adams welcomed the completion of the work.

They said: “We are delighted that Springfield Park has been restored and it looks great. We were appalled last year when we learned that arsonists had caused such damage to play equipment that are used so regularly by young people in this community.

“On behalf of our community, we want to thank the council for their readiness to support residents by finding the funding and getting the work done. ”

A 14-year-old boy from Emersons Green admitted starting the fire on April 30 last year and was referred to a youth panel.