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Lesley Roberts and Pat McFadden at the opening

A housing estate in Bilston has received a huge boost after more than 90 staff volunteers from Wolverhampton Homes helped transform a piece of derelict land into a community play area.

The new play area and garden on Princess Anne Road in Bradley was previously an area of wasteland which was over-grown and prone to fly-tipping.

Staff at Wolverhampton Homes, as part of its pledge to give something back to the communities they serve, identified the land as somewhere they could make a difference.

In the past three months, more than 90 members of staff have volunteered to get involved in the project, helping to clear the site, lay turf, plant shrubs and flowers and install new play equipment for local children on the estate to enjoy.

Lesley Roberts, Chief Executive at Wolverhampton Homes said:

Giving something back to the communities we serve is something which is really important to us. Having seen the site before we started it’s quite something to see the transformation. I was down here myself planting shrubs a few weeks ago with some of the local tenants and I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to do. Hopefully it’ll be something which will be enjoyed by people living on the estate for many years to come.

Pat McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton South East added:

It is great to see this area brought back into use. I am grateful to all the Wolverhampton Homes staff who put in voluntary time to reclaim this piece of land for use by the local community. As a father of young children myself I appreciate the value of having safe, well designed places to play and this new garden and playground will be a great asset for local people in years to come.

Local councillor Stephen Simkins has also praised the efforts of the volunteers and hopes that local people will now make use of the new facility. He said:

It’s great to see the site now it’s finished. The volunteers from Wolverhampton Homes have done an incredible job and it’s great to see the local kids from the estate enjoying themselves and making use of it already.

The play area was officially opened on Friday 22nd August.

Wolverhampton Homes also paid tribute to its contractors who donated materials and helped throughout the project.

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