work has started this week to create a new children’s play area in Adlington - a design that was chosen by local children.

Primary school children played a vital role in choosing which activities will be included in Chorley Council’s £95,000 play area being built next door to Fairview Youth and Community Centre.

Councillor John Walker who oversees plays areas for Chorley Council said: “It is great news that this project is now under way.

“We are expecting the work to take about five weeks and then the area will be open for use by the young children who chose the design.

“We got local primary school children involved right at the start by asking them what they wanted to see and they have been kept in the loop all the way through even choosing the final design from a shortlist of six drawn up.

“I’m sure they are proud to have been involved and will enjoy playing on it when it’s open.”

The play area, which forms part of the original planning permission for the Fairview housing development, is aimed at young people aged between two and 12 years.

There will be a variety of play equipment including swings, a roundabout, climbing frames and a sensory area after children from Adlington, Anderton, Rivington and Anderton St Joseph’s Primary Schools were asked to put together a ‘wish’ list of activities they would like to do at the new play area.

School council representatives then compiled a list of the top 10 and this information was used to draw up a design brief.

Companies were invited to tender and submit a design taking into consideration neighbours, resistance to vandalism and community safety.

From a short list of six designs, the children were then asked to vote for their favourite and the winning design by Hags Play Limited of Dorset is now under construction and is expected to be completed by mid-November.

Coun Walker added: “We look forward to seeing the play area completed. It has been a real community project which I’m sure will benefit the whole community in Adlington.”