Latest on the under 8’s playground

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Richard Bond, as Chair of Friends of Longford Park, has been in regular contact with the Exec Member for Parks, Councillor Liz Patel, regarding a date for reopening the under 8s playground. It had been hoped that the replacement of the play surfaces could be done this year, even possibly by the end of this month.She has now had an update from One Trafford staff, who report that as a result of this second national lockdown, the specialist contractors who would have been invited to tender have in large part furloughed their staff. This means that the tender process has not yet been completed, and will not be until the end of December. A start is planned early in the New Year. On a slightly more positive note, Liz Patel had agreed that the new signage for the playground (suggesting it was for under 5s) seemed incorrect, and is looking into the matter. In fact, the under 8s designation had come about more than 10 years ago, with residents and Friends of Longford Park calling for an older age range.