'Has the Council abandoned our local park?'

A Wilmslow parent feels the Council has abandoned their local park leaving it to become run down with worn down paths and trip hazards on entry to the play equipment.

The popular South Oak Lane Park, which is used by local families and pupils from the nearby primary school, also has play equipment which was installed three months ago but remains fenced off so the children are unable to play on it.

Mark Campbell told me "I take my 6 year old daughter to South Oak Lane Park most days and she always asks the same question 'Why is the new play equipment fenced off?'

"Also she had a fall into the sharp stones to the entrance just over a year ago, it's beyond me why a children's play area would contain trip hazards and jagged stones, there are also sharp metal railings that trees overhang and I have seen children play near them."

He added "Also the park used to have two goalposts now it has one as two years ago the council took one away for some unknown reason."

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "The council secured £36,000 of funding from housing developments in the local area to improve the play area at South Oak Lane Park, also known as the Fulshaw Recreation Ground, in Wilmslow.

"The new play equipment being installed will provide play opportunities for the younger age range aimed at encouraging early years' active play.

"Work began with the installation of the equipment but, due to unforeseen circumstances, it is currently fenced off and awaiting the laying of the safety surfacing. This work will be done as soon as the weather conditions are more favourable – and our intention is to get this play area open again as soon as possible."

South Oak Lane


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Bob Bracegirdle
Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 5:58 pm
Sad. I used to wander around that area 70 years ago after schooling in FUlshaw Core Primary School.
Andrew Jones
Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 7:41 pm
One set of goal posts vanished approximately 12 months ago also.
David Pearce
Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 8:22 pm
It is a shame that the Pleasure Ground (as it is known to local folk) has been allowed to become run down. I believe this land was bequeathed by a lady many years ago for the children of Fulshaw to have somewhere to play and have fun. As a local resident, I look forward to Cheshire East Council completing the task of making the park safe and secure again in the not too distant future.
Roy Simpson
Thursday 20th June 2019 at 6:29 am
Safety surfacing? Whats softer and safer than grass!
Julie Green
Thursday 20th June 2019 at 1:04 pm
In the 1960s the surface under the swings was grit which resulted in some painful knees. This was replaced for a few years with concrete. I guess the injuries were a bit more serious!
St Annes school used the Pleasure as its playing field for football sometimes.
Mark Goldsmith
Thursday 20th June 2019 at 3:09 pm
I have been speaking to the Cheshire East team who are responsible for this and they apologise for the delay in getting it up and running.

They are a small team and vandalism at other sites and their added workload of installing and removing polling booths for the recent elections has delayed them finishing this area.

However, they are now scheduled to resume work on it next Monday and to get it finished and fully opened in the next two weeks. The only proviso is that some of the remaining work is weather dependent, so it may take a little longer, if we get any biblical levels of rainfall during this time.

Therefore, the site should be fully open in the next few weeks.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Wilmslow West & Chorley
Alistair Yates
Friday 21st June 2019 at 10:13 am
Hi Mark,

Do you know whether any funding has been allocated to the children's play area next to the fire station in Wilmslow? This has become more and more dilapidated over the years and has now reached a point where it's pretty much unusable. It would good to see some life breathed back into it.


Mark Goldsmith
Saturday 22nd June 2019 at 3:06 pm
Hi Alistair

I don’t think there has been any allocation for this site but will enquire.

However, I have already asked to see what S106 money from housing developments on the ward is unallocated. There may be spare funds from this source that can be used instead.

I will let everyone know if there is any money available and ask how best we should use it.