VIDEO: Calls for crossing as play area refurbishment begins

PARENTS in Southwick are campaigning for a pedestrian crossing, as work begins on a new play area.

Playground equipment firm Kompan will begin work on Southwick Green on Monday, February 2, and the project is expected to take six weeks to complete.

Saying goodbye to the old and celebrating the new, Mel Prior, Lisa Tarrant with son Charlie, and councillor Peter Metcalfe D15021296a

Saying goodbye to the old and celebrating the new, Mel Prior, Lisa Tarrant with son Charlie, and councillor Peter Metcalfe D15021296a

Southwick Green Community Team has put in a lot of work planning the new park to provide something for everyone.

They are now taking their efforts one step further, with a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing from The Green to Southwick Square.

Mum Mel Prior said: “We need something, even if it is just an island.”

Lisa Tarrant added: “Hopefully, it will encourage more families to use the Square.”

More than 200 signatures have been collected and county councillor Peter Metcalfe will be taking the petition to Adur County Local Committee for consideration.

He said he was ‘absolutely thrilled to bits’ with the project and said the mums deserved a lot of praise.

“This is what we need, the community support coming through and we have had lots of people really put in the initiative. This is a good example of what we can achieve if people do something to help.”

The rather ramshackle wooden structure currently on the green will be replaced by a big new boat, which is being built in Germany.

Mr Metcalfe said: “At the moment, children need a bit of imagination to use what is there as a boat, it is pretty dire. The new boat will be much better.”

There will be swings, a zip wire and a trampoline, as well as an inclusive roundabout that is flush level. The seesaw will have seats with a back rest and an area in the middle where children can lie down. For the smaller children, there will be a trim trail and toddler swings.

Mrs Prior added: “A lot of mums said it would be really nice to have a bit of grass. Extending the fence has meant we have a completely dog-free area where younger children can crawl around.”

Southern Water is putting in a water fountain and the team hopes this will help to reduce the amount of litter.

Mrs Prior said: “The community team has done a lot of fundraising so we can have extra seating and three wooden sheep in the grass area.”