United Utilities are going to turn a disused tennis court in the middle of a housing estate in Leigh into a playground, as a thank you to residents who have put up with sewer replacement work over the last few months.
In conjunction with Wigan Council, Leigh Town Partnership and Groundwork, United Utilities will build a £64,000 play area on the currently disused land. Work has already started and will be completed before Christmas.
The work, part of the United Futures community regeneration scheme, will see swings, trees, a roundabout, new pathways and parking created.
United Utilities’ Stuart Bell stated:
“The playground is a great way of saying thanks to local residents for their patience during the recent sewer work.
“The old tennis courts look unsightly, and have tended to be a magnet for anti-social behaviour, so this project will turn an eyesore into a valued community space.”
Charity organisation Groundwork asked the community what it needed and a playground was a high priority.
Gethin Owens from Groundwork stated:
“We asked the community what they wanted for their neighbourhood, and a playground came out top of the list.
“We will be creating a really bright, inviting play area which will lift the appearance of the area, and give children and their parents somewhere fun to go. We aim to have the work completed by mid-December, which will be a great Christmas present for the local community.”