'Birdyland' play zone takes flight

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YOUTHS on the "Birdyland" estate in Morley are to get a dedicated new play area, designed specifically for teenagers.

Councillors have found the cash for a sports zone project focused on local authority land between Wide Lane and Magpie Lane which they hope will help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

The new sports zone will introduce football and basketball frames which can be used by young people to take part in sports.

There will also be a shelter where they can sit and socialise.

Coun Terry Grayshon (Morley Borough Independents, Morley South) said: "This area has suffered from anti-social behaviour. The new facilities will give the youngsters somewhere to meet and socialise.

"They had been using a play area for much younger children which is not ideal.

"We have been offered a 7,000 grant from the charity Grantscape and we have been able to find an additional 7,000 to finance the project fully."

He said the area had suffered from anti-social behaviour through youths congregating, but that it was no worse than any other local estate area.

Coun Grayshon said: "There are several play areas for younger children in the vicinity, so this will be a first for older children.

"There is no specific age rnage, but we see teens being able to use it."

The extra cash has been found from council funding from the three Morley South councillors, who are Coun Grayson, Coun Judith Elliot and Coun Christopher Beverley.

Coun Grayshon said thanks also went to Coun Robert Finnigan for his hard work.

The work should start over the next few months with local parks staff involved in constructing the sports zone.

Coun Grayshon added: "It is important for us to offer young people as many positive options as possible to reduce the potential for anti-social behaviour. It will also keep people more active contributing to a healthier lifestyle."

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