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London Development Agency and Newham Council open children’s playground


Children and families in Newham can enjoy a fun new playground which was officially opened to the public today by the London Development Agency (LDA) and Newham Council.

The new playground facility which includes a SpaceNet climbing frame, fully accessible roundabout, see-saws, a rocking horse, swings and climbing equipment on Chandos Road, Stratford was relocated to make way for the Olympic Park development.

The LDA worked in partnership with Newham Council to ensure that the playground which was used by local residents was relocated and that children could continue to enjoy the open space. A nearby local community centre is also in the process of being built and will open later on this year.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, who visited the site today, said:

“Newham does more than any other local authority to provide opportunities for people to get together have fun and be active. This new fun space will give local kids an outlet to burn energy after school and on the weekends. With the great weather we’ve been having in London lately, I’m sure the new equipment will be put to good use.”

"I thank the LDA for their work to develop this space. The Council is investing more than £5.5 million in parks and facilities over the next three years. I want all of the borough’s parks to be places for kids to be safe and have fun.
LDA Director, Olympic Legacy Development, Gareth Blacker, said:

“The London Development Agency is delighted that the Chandos Road playground is now open for both children and families in Newham to enjoy and that we were able to work in partnership with Newham Council and use our Olympic investment to create this new and improved local open space. We look forward to families enjoying the new playground.”

Notes to Editors

* The London Development Agency aims to improve the quality of life for all Londoners - working to create jobs, develop skills and promote economic growth.
* Newham Council worked in partnership with the LDA and identified the Major Road site as the Travellers site to relocate the Clays Lane Travellers from the Olympic Park. As part of the Planning permission, a section 106 Agreement required the LDA to relocate the Playground and Community Centre and Chandos Open Space was chosen.


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