Plans have been unveiled for enhanced playground facilities near the lower site of Ash Green Community Primary School in Mixenden, Halifax. Local residents are encouraged to share their opinions.

The current play area on Sunnybank Road in Mixenden is set to undergo improvements, with proposed additions such as swings, slides, climbing apparatus, versatile play systems, and interactive play panels. Additionally, there are intentions to introduce more accessible features, including a roundabout accessible by wheelchairs and adapted swings.

The plans for the upgraded playground can be accessed at Local residents are invited to provide their input by emailing The feedback received will play a crucial role in finalising the designs for the facility. The deadline for responses is Friday, 15th December 2023.

This initiative is being spearheaded and partly financed by Calderdale Council, with supplementary funding from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and Active Calderdale.

This funding has been secured following the local community’s emphasis on the significance of play facilities in the area, as highlighted during the public consultation on the proposals for the Community Streets, Mixenden project. This input prompted the Council to seek out alternative funding avenues to upgrade the play facilities, resulting in the successful acquisition of over £100,000.

The enhanced play facility will complement broader efforts in the vicinity as part of the Community Streets project. The overarching aim is to decrease traffic and establish a secure and healthy environment for individuals of all ages to walk, cycle, relax, and play on the streets surrounding Ash Green.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Active Travel and Housing, Cllr Scott Patient, said; “When we asked people for their thoughts on the plans to improve the environment around Ash Green school, it was clear that quality play facilities were really important to local people.

“We’re delighted to have been able to secure this additional funding to allow us to transform the existing play area, with plans to upgrade the equipment and include more options for those with disabilities. We now want to hear people’s thoughts on the proposals to help shape final designs.

“The Community Street project is about reducing traffic and making it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle and play in their local area. The addition of a new playground, close to Ash Green school, will support this work and improve the local environment, particularly for young people and families in the area.”