Play area gets summer makeover

Volunteers repainting the Gildercliffe play area.  113049a
Volunteers repainting the Gildercliffe play area. 113049a

A BARROWCLIFF play area has been given a new lease of life thanks to a community partnership.

Children can now enjoy the revived Gildercliffe Play Area which was painted by volunteers from across the community.

Laura Davies, from Yorkshire Coast Homes, one of the volunteers repainting the Gildercliffe play area.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  113049a  29/07/11

Laura Davies, from Yorkshire Coast Homes, one of the volunteers repainting the Gildercliffe play area. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113049a 29/07/11

The partnership includes Yorkshire Coast Homes which donated paint, Safer Communities, the Borough Council’s Community Environment unit and the Wilmott Dixon Group.

The work is part of a “My Barrowcliff” action plan involving local groups, associations and residents who have teamed up to bring major improvements to the estate.

Work has already started, including improvements to the play area at the rear of Endcliffe Crescent, provision of CCTV on the estate and a general clean-up of the area.

Project Manager for Groundwork Tom Mutton, said: “The action plan for the estate is well under way and all the partners in the project are working with the local community.  Volunteers from the estate are making a major contribution in the work which is being undertaken.”

Barry Graham, Crime Reduction Co-ordinator for the Safer Communities Partnership, added: “The work on Barrowcliff is making a major contribution to the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

“Reported crime on the estate is down 41 per cent in the first quarter of the year, compared with the similar quarter for last year.”