Security fencing is set to be put up in Blackrod, Lancashire, to signal the renovation of a play area.

Children in the area will be delighted after plans were unveiled to install the £100,000 facility as part of a housing development. Organisers of Blackrod Scarecrow Festival had originally set aside £2,000 to help build the play area but it looks as if this will not be necessary now.

Plans were set out to redevelop the rundown Vicarage Road site in 2010 but were withdrawn due to a lack of funds.

However, following further investment by developers the scheme is back on track and is due to be completed in summer 2013.

Councillor Lindsey Kell said: "This is a real victory for local families. Vicarage Road play area has been in desperate need of a revamp for some time and it is great news that we can announce that this will now happen."

It becomes the latest in a long line of play areas that are being revamped following work on sites in Bolton, Cardiff and Harrogate.

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