I’m pleased to see that the playground in Warren Park has just about been finished. Parents in Fairview, Hawthorn and other surrounding roads asked me for this four years ago after the last playground was burned down some years before that. We’ve been able to use funding from a pot of money known as ‘Public Realm’ money to pay for it. This budget is divided up into the six local committee areas that make up the borough, for councillors and other representatives of residents to decide on local priorities. There are other strings attached to the budget so we can’t tear up speed bumps etc. but this is very welcome indeed.

I would have preferred the playground to have been sited further forward so as not to take such a chunk out of the park for ball games and dog walking. Nonetheless I hope that children and parents enjoy the new facility.