New field of dreams
JOE O’Neill with Karl & Heather Henshall, Margaret O’Neill, Pauline Cooper, Stan & Elizabeth Gray.
SWINTON residents are celebrating winning a four-year battle for funding to transform a field besieged with anti-social behaviour problems.
Black Harry is to get a facelift after Parkfield Residents’ Association secured £10,500 from the Living Spaces project to regenerate the site.
The area from Linksway to Manchester Road used to be a railway siding and has suffered from drug use, drunkenness, fly tipping and littering.
But now it is set for a new lease of life as residents plan to create a landscaped path, plant wild flowers, cut back trees and grass and place bird boxes to attract wildlife.
Joe O’Neill, chairman of the Parkfield Residents’ Association, said: “We’ve been knocked back before in our plans for Black Harry but we kept on fighting and thanks to Living Spaces, who are part funded by the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the area will nolonger be a mess.
“We aim to bring open spaces to the people of Swinton and this will be one of many we hope to see in Salford.
“The landscaping and flowers will make the area a nice place for local people to go.
“Volunteers from charities and local groups like the British Conservation Trust will carry out the work and we hope to start soon.
“The area has always been known as Black Harry, and no one seems sure why. It used to be a railway siding but has become misused.”
Living Spaces was set up through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to help people improve open spaces in their neighbourhood and create valuable spaces for the communities to enjoy.
Mr O’Neill added: “We submitted an application for a grant to improve Black Harry and after this was assessed we were given the funding to carry out the work.
“We tried a number of different ways of getting funded and are delighted this bid was successful.”