Since being elected in May the thing I have been asked for more than anything else by local people is to try and improve local play facilities for children.
The new Miners Welfare coincided with the removal of the pocket park off clover place which was recognised as being a regular site for anti-social behaviour.
In particular comments have been made that there are no play facilities for children on the cusp of leaving primary school and starting high school.
As a result Dave Everitt and I have been working closely with council officers to seek to improve the Melrose Road play area and develop it into a designated playhub, a larger play area with a wide range of facilities.
I am absolutely delighted to report that at the Coalville Special Expenses meeting last night the working group approved a significant grant for the development of the play area.
Exact specification has to be worked out but depending upon Cabinet approval (part of the formal budgeting process) and neighbour consultation we should see a range of skating, scootering and sports facilities being installed in 2012.