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Haregate scores new play areas hatrick

Work to redevelop three important play spaces at Haregate in Leek is set to start.

Funding for the work at Ball Haye Recreation Ground, Haregate Hall play area and The Waste open space has been provided by the ASCENT housing project, which provided new family homes in the area, and the schemes will be managed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Following consultation with Leek Town Council - who own and manage Ball Haye recreation ground and have provided funding for this particular scheme - the local community and young people, the contract to deliver the project has been awarded to HAGS-SMP play company and work will begin this month.

Councillor Brian Johnson, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, sport and parks at the Council, said: "It's great news that work will be starting on these three sites.

"We've got some exciting designs which will bring some much-needed improvements to the local community by creating fun and accessible play areas at Ball Haye and Haregate Hall.  We'll also be installing new low-level equipment at the Waste which respects the natural surroundings in this location.

"These schemes will transform these play areas and be a real boost for Haregate. I look forward to seeing them taking shape over the coming months."

Leek Town Mayor, Councillor Rebecca Done, added: "We were pleased to be able to provide funding for the Ball Haye element of the scheme and we look forward to seeing work on this, and the two other projects, start soon. I know how much they will be welcomed by the Haregate community."

You can check out the designs below and at Haregate Community Centre.

Work will begin in January and is expected to be complete by the Spring.