Dear Sir

It is so pleasing to see that the refurbishment works on the Baliol Green play area have been concluded by Durham County Council. The play area has been enlarged and the variety of play equipment is superb. Back in 2013 during the run up to the County Council elections, Cllr Sarah Iveson and I pledged that if elected, we would do our utmost to address the long-standing concerns of residents that the play area had become run down.

Things came to a head last summer when due to vandalism, the slide had to be removed and the play area, with only two remaining pieces of play equipment, was closed down. Durham County Council was asked to review the play area and provide estimates for the works to be undertaken to revitalise the play area.

Funding was secured and local children were consulted on a number of choices. The project took a little longer than expected to be concluded and works were hampered by a very wet summer, but the new play area will provide families with many years of enjoyment.

Whilst no longer a County Councillor, I will continue to serve the area to the best of my ability on the Town Council. I am very pleased that Sarah and I have fulfilled a promise made to the electorate.

Councillor Jed Hillary