Labour councillor Jonny Crawshaw in the newly refurbished park
Labour councillor Jonny Crawshaw in the newly refurbished park

Micklegate Labour councillor Jonny Crawshaw has been speaking about the welcome news that work to refurbish and upgrade play equipment on Scarcroft Green is now complete, more than two years after funding for the work was first approved.

The park, next to Scarcroft Primary School, has seen the slide, swings and climbing frame refurbished, a replacement mini roundabout installed and a new bench and picnic table added.  Works have also involved laying a new permeable covering in the park which provides a soft surface for falls and which will enable use immediately after wet weather.

Cllr. Crawshaw said:

“My fellow councillors and I are relieved to see this work finally complete but I have had to push extremely hard for the council to sort it.  The funding was approved in 2016-17 and it’s been immensely frustrating that it’s taken this long.  Since my election in 2017 I have persistently chased up action and I was beginning to worry it might never happen!

“The £23k spent has provided a decent upgrade to the park which I’m sure will go down well with local families, and I’d encourage those with young children to go along and try it out.  Parks are such an important feature, especially in towns and cities, for children to let off steam and get some exercise”.

Cllr. Crawshaw added that he felt problems existed within the Lib-Dem/Tory run council in being able to deliver schemes such as this due to the almost £100m cuts it has made since Government austerity started in 2010.

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