Utility company payment bolsters renewal plan at Wirral playground

Water pipe repair delay prompts United Utilities to recompense community for distress caused.

Problems caused by a broken water pipe have prompted the supplier to donate £10,000 to pay for work on two children's play areas.

United Utilities said it gave the money as a "gesture of goodwill" to the community in Wirral after repairs to the broken 36in water main dragged on for two weeks.

The cash will help pay for modernising a derelict children's play area at Leasowe and contribute to the £70,000 cost of creating safer, cleaner toddlers' play areas. An early-years' play area will also receive new kickabout areas.

Water network manager Paul Harrison said: "I saw the distress to customers and the complexity of the problem. The donation is our way of giving something back to the community."

The local authority worked with residents, a tenants association and primary school to ensure that the equipment was the kind that children would use.

Ian Lewis, Conservative councillor for Leasowe and Moreton East at Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, said the donation was "only fair" given the inconvenience caused by the repair job on the burst valve.

"Their donation means a children's play area can be modernised, which is great news for mums, dads and children in the area," he declared.

The broken main last May left 14,000 local residents without water and forced the company to bring in tankers to restore supplies and hand out bottled water.

KEY STAT

Overall cost of work to the play areas: £70k


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