Work to finally start on community park

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RESIDENTS in Halfway have a double reason to celebrate.

After successfully opposing plans for a Tesco at Oxclose Farm, they are looking forward to the creation of the community Heathlands Park.

The Friends of Heathlands Park, councillors and council officers have agreed a revised scheme that includes a seating area, play equipment, landscaping and an all-weather football pitch.

Bob Rastrick, who chairs the Friends, said: “We are excited that construction will hopefully commence in mid-March, allowing the scheme to be completed in time for the summer holidays.”

Money for the park, between the Heathlands and Oxclose Park estates, is coming from developers of nearby housing estates, topped up by £9,000 from the local Community Assembly.

Meanwhile, residents remain concerned that the council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive want to press ahead with an access road from the ‘Morrisons roundabout’ to Deepwell Avenue that they say would route more traffic, especially buses, through a residential estate “when the money could be spent improving the existing road from Morrisons to Rotherham Road and the tram stop roundabout”.