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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Mums launch campaign for new seafront play area

A group of Maryport mothers have launched a campaign to get a new play area on the town’s Promenade.

Maryport play area photo
Maryport mums and children on the Prom

They have set up a page on social networking website Facebook.

Letters are to be distributed to town shops urging people to sign and send them to Allerdale council.

Other funding options will be investigated and campaigners have written to other towns which have play parks.

The campaign is spearheaded by Jade Kerr, 25, a mother-of-two from Short Acres, Netherton.

She said: “When we were children our family would spend the whole day at the Promenade. There was a paddling pool and play equipment.

“Now there is nothing. I take my children to Shiver Me Timbers but I have stopped going to our closest play park at Ewanrigg because of the number of older children there and the language they use.”

Lisa Douglas, 34, a mother-of-three from Netherton, said: “Maryport, like many other places, is facing the effects of the economic downturn and we need to be encouraging people to stay in town.”

The campaigners are hoping that groups, organisations and businesses in Maryport might provide offers of help to get the scheme off the ground.

Charles Holmes, Allerdale council’s head of community services, said the paddling pool was closed several years ago after a change in legislation dictated that it needed to be staffed full-time.

He added: “Most paddling pools across the county needed to be closed.”

He said the council had created family-friendly activities in Maryport.

He added: “We delivered free PARCS scheme summer holiday activities and last summer more than 800 young people took advantage of our 10p swim scheme at the pool at Netherhall Sports Centre, which was a huge success.”

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