Hogg welcomes play park progress

Deputy Mayor Fraser Agnew cuts the first sod to mark the start of work on the new play area at Rushpark. He's pictured with Mike Callaghan of Wicksteed, contractors for the new facility. INNT 30-041-FP
Deputy Mayor Fraser Agnew cuts the first sod to mark the start of work on the new play area at Rushpark. He's pictured with Mike Callaghan of Wicksteed, contractors for the new facility. INNT 30-041-FP

MACEDON councillor Thomas Hogg has welcomed the start work on the new children’s play area in the Rushpark estate.

Newtownabbey Borough Council was criticised by residents in the area after the old play park, located on land sold by the local authority for a social housing project, was closed just before the school holidays at Easter. However, at that time council officials gave an assurance that a new state-of-the-art play park would be constructed nearby within a matter of months.

Work on the £75,000 project finally got under way on Monday, July 23, with the development due to be completed before the end of August.

Welcoming the progress, councillor Hogg said: “I am delighted to see work on the new playground moving ahead. This new play park will be a much enhanced facility and is a welcome investment in the Rushpark estate.”