Campaign aims to create more facilities for youngsters

Alan Campbell MP, Chair of Cedarwood Karen Schofield, Kim Tserkezie and Phil McGrath.

Alan Campbell MP, Chair of Cedarwood Karen Schofield, Kim Tserkezie and Phil McGrath.

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A campaign has been launched to create more play facilities on a North Shields estate.

The initiative is being led by Meadowell estate’s community development charity, The Cedarwood Trust, to create more facilities for young people.

Trust chief executive Phil McGrath has received the backing of Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell and children’s TV star and author Kim Tserkezie.

The Trust has developed a strategy following extensive consultation with people on the estate.

Mr McGrath said: “The purpose of the Cedarwood Play Strategy is to respond to previous findings that have raised the lack of appropriate play facilities within the community.

“We want to increase the number of opportunities for play across the estate and raise awareness of the benefits and long-term legacy of play.”

“We are delighted that both Kim and Mr Campbell are lending their support.”

Kim said: “When I was introduced by Meadowell residents to the lack of playgrounds in their area, I felt sad, but only for a moment as I know this community is determined to bring the play facilities to the area that their children deserve.”

Mr Campbell said: “I am pleased to support the Cedarwood Trust which has made a real difference to the Meadowell community over the last 30 years.

“There is a real need for appropriate play facilities in the area and hopefully the Play Strategy can help to address this.”