Wortley playground works start – and uncover air raid shelter

Work has started on the new playground at Western Flatts Park. Photo: Liam Sowden of Sowden Captures

By Katherine Turner

Leeds City Council’s parks department have this week started the groundworks for the new playground at Western Flatts Cliff Park.

As reported by WLD the work is being funded through Section 106 money secured from the developers on new houses built on the former Wortley High School site.

Local residents have been campaigning for a new and improved play area for a number of years, with more than 1,000 people signing a petition for improvements in 2021.

Greoundworks have started for the new playground. Photo: Katherine Turner

Work is now under way but has not been without its issues. Fences were erected around the area, trees have had lower branches trimmed to allow access to vehicles on the site but when the ground preparation started an unexpected complication was found.

The remains of a World War Two air raid shelter were uncovered. Luckily that has not stopped work and Leeds City Council acted quickly to find a solution. The fenced toddler area, junior tyre swing and junior multi-play system will be moved more towards the old changing rooms than was originally planned.

Leeds City Council have estimated that the work should take around two months to complete, so weather-permitting it may be open in time for the Easter school holidays.

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