Georgina’s plea to replace play area

sp92586 Matlock Girl's Campaign For Play ground. Georgina East.
sp92586 Matlock Girl's Campaign For Play ground. Georgina East.

A SCHOOL-GIRL has appealed to council chiefs to replace a popular play area in Matlock.

The site at the Dimple was demolished during the building of the newly opened Arc Leisure Matlock.

Youngsters in the area have been left without an outdoor play space – apart from two swings for toddlers – so eleven-year-old Georgina East has written to Derbyshire Dales District Council calling for new equipment to be provided.

Georgina, of Hurds Hollow, said: “I remember walking on to the fields and it was packed. My friends and I loved to play on it.

“I would like to see some swings for older children, a small roundabout and maybe a climbing rope.”

Mum Becky East added: “Children are upset about the play area.

“There are masses of houses around here and nowhere for children to play outside.”

The council had hoped to reinstate the original equipment but found it had deteriorated too much to be reused.

Around £100,000 was set aside to create a multi-use games area at the site but due to residents’ noise concerns the plans were put on hold.

At a meeting in Matlock Cllr Sue Burfoot called on councillors to create a new play area in the Dimple area.

She said: “We don’t need a state-of-the-art play area there. Children just want a basic place where they can play outside.

“Money has been set aside for this and we don’t want it to just disappear.”

Leader Lewis Rose said the council had not received the contractors’ final account yet, so they did not know what funding was available for a play area.

He added a number of options had been considered and a decision would be made when the level of available funding was known.

Cllr Burfoot said: “The Arc is a wonderful new leisure centre but everything you do there you have to pay for. All the children want is a place they can kick a ball about for free.”