Tribute paid to former March Mayor as new play park opens

Opening of new play area at Dagless Way, March
Opening of new play area at Dagless Way, March
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A NEW play park was officially opened in March the first of seven that are being built or refurbished around the district over the next few months.

Councillors met at Dagless Way, March, to watch Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

They paid tribute to their former colleague, Cllr John West, who died in December and had long campaigned for new play facilities there.

The park caters for children of all ages and provides £35,000 worth of equipment, including two sets of swings, two climbing frames, a football goal, a small bench and a supernova roundabout that was donated free by the suppliers, Kompan.

Cllr Murphy said: “We have been seeking to create this play park for some time and John West was the pioneer for it. It was his baby right from the start and it is just very sad that he died before he could see it come into being. He would have been delighted by it.

“We asked the children in the area what equipment they wanted and that is what we have provided. I’d like to thank Kompan for its generous donation of the roundabout and also Bob Ollier and his parks team for working so hard to get everything done so quick and within budget.”

Work is due to start on another new park in March, in Southwell Close, on November 14. One at North Green, Coates, is now ready and another at Springfields, Eastrea, is expected to be finished next week.

The other three will follow at Willey Terrace, Chatteris, where work is due to start on October 24, weather permitting; Station Road, Whittlesey, starting on October 31; and Wisbech Park, starting on November 28.