Play area’s campaigners hope for £50,000 from Lottery
Nov 18 2008 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
PARENTS and children will appear on TV to appeal for a new play area.
Families from Elland are competing for £50,000 to revamp the playground on James Street.
An ITV crew will film a short feature on why their project to replace the run-down town centre play area should win the Lottery money.
The film will run on Calendar next Tuesday, competing against a similar plan in Chesterfield.
Viewers will then vote for which project should win.
Elland and District Partnership secretary Ian Park said: “This is a great opportunity for Elland, particularly this part of the town, which has had a hard time recently.
“The James Street play area is very run down. But with a new £50,000 state-of-the-art multi-use games area it could be a focus for the youngsters in the area and help give the community back its heart.’’
Dean Neary, 17, who lives round the corner in Catherine Street, said: “We all used to play on James Street as kids, 20 or more at a time, but nobody uses it because it’s so run down.
“If we win the money it’ll be great to have somewhere for everyone to meet and do something interesting, rather than hanging around streets.”
Brooksbank School’s Media Studies students are creating the story for the film.