Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson: Opening of Aintree’s Har

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Cllr Tony Carr with Aintree Parish Council chairman Terry Baldwin and Parish Cllr Carole Mitchell

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said last week's official opening of Aintree Village's new Harrow Drive playground was a victory for the community over Lib Dem-Tory cuts.

The Aintree playground was all set to receive the funding as part of Labour's Playbuilder Scheme.

But the improvements were halted as soon as the Lib Dems and Tories joined forces to form a government last year, axing the successful scheme.

Since then, Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson campaigned in parliament to get the much needed funds to make the improvements to the park.

Working together with Aintree Parish Council and the Labour Group on Sefton Council Bill lobbied ministers and the campaign forced a rethink with £33,000 finally being granted to give the scheme the go-ahead.

Young and old from throughout Aintree gathered at the park last Tuesday afternoon for the official opening of the new equipment.

Bill said he was delighted the children were finally seeing the benefits of the hard-fought campaign.

Bill said: "The fact that we have seen this new playground open is testament to the hard work put in by Aintree Village Parish Councillors, the Sefton Labour Group and the Aintree Labour Action Team including Cllr Tony Carr and team leader Marion Atkinson.

"This scheme would never have been given the funding if there had not been a concerted effort to fight.

"It is proof that people power can work and that this Lib Dem-Tory government cannot ride roughshod over communities like ours. We are standing up as a community and we are making sure that the best interests of our community are served."

Aintree Labour Action Team leader Marion Atkinson joined the celebrations at the official opening.

Marion said: "It was wonderful to see so many young people enjoying the new equipment in the park.

"Being an Aintree resident and being a local mum, I know that I will be a regular visitor to the park with my children who really do think the new equipment is great.

"I congratulate all of my Labour colleagues and Aintree Village Parish Councillors who refused to allow the Lib Dems and Tories to take away the funding for what is now a fantastic community facility."

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