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Creating places for people to enjoy in Pendleton

19th January 2015                                        

THE first of a series of new parks and green spaces has opened in Pendleton.

Primary school children and residents joined Langworthy ward councillors Gina Reynolds and Paul Dennett for the grand opening of Clarendon Green.

The park features a children’s play area, landscaped walkways and signage.

New parks and green spaces are a significant element of the regeneration of the area, which also involves building 1,600 new energy efficient homes. New families are already moving into the Clarendon and Amersham areas where more than 135 homes have been built.

Nearby the 1,250 council owned homes we manage are also getting a makeover with tenants benefiting from top to bottom improvements including new kitchens and bathrooms, new energy efficient heating systems, double glazed windows and doors.

Cllr Gina Reynolds said: “Clarendon Green is a fantastic addition to Pendleton and I am delighted it will be the first of a number of new green spaces and recreation areas which will form part of the overall regeneration of this part of Salford.

“Time and time again local people kept on saying that there was nowhere that young children could play. So this is our first response to what people have suggested. A space shaped by the community, for the community.

 “Having access to high quality parks and green spaces makes a big difference to our quality of life. They provide a haven in our urban areas from the hustle and bustle of city life - somewhere to relax and take a break and get in touch with nature. They can also help us get fitter and healthier - by providing people with a place to exercise and children with somewhere safe to play.”

Children from Lark Hill Primary School and St Paul’s C of E Primary School joined staff from Pendleton Together at the opening ceremony, and were the first to try out the new equipment which includes swings, rope climbers and a see-saw.

Sharon Stone, Andrew Cardall and their five children Mason, nine, eight-year-old triplets Chloe, Charlotte and Arron, and Nathan, six, will be just one local family who will be making the most of the new park. The family has recently moved from a three-bedroom flat in Linslade House to a brand new, four bedroom town house in Rousseau Place.

Sharon said: “Clarendon Green has provided somewhere nice for children, who live close-by, to come and play. It’s in a safe environment, close to homes, but away from any busy roads. As a parent it’ll be wonderful for us to come and watch our children play and enjoy themselves. I know it’ll prove very popular with our kids.”

Clarendon Green will be looked after by our ground maintenance team who will litter pick daily and check out the play equipment each week.

Chris Brown, Contract Manager for Pendleton Together, said: “We are not just committed to improving the quality of people’s homes and widening housing choice. We also have a firm commitment to improving the environment in which people live.

“We want local people to take ownership of Clarendon Green, take pride in their local community and help us to look after the area and the play equipment so local children can have lots of fun here for years to come.

“We are building a better neighbourhood for the people of Pendleton - and this confirms our view that no one needs to move anywhere to find somewhere better to live. A better life is right here on your doorstep.”

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