15 years ago, there was a play area in Langley Hall Park. Unfortunately it was vandalised and the council decided to get rid of the play area instead of trying to restore it. Michael Carthew and the Olton Lib Dems have created a petition to build local support to pressure Solihull council to restore a new play area, far away from the houses bordering the park, because Olton deserves parks with as many activities available for locals as the parks closer to Solihull town centre have.
Langley Hall Park has brilliant areas of nature reserve which should be protected but there isn’t anything for young people to do in the park. We want to work with local residents to sustainably bring more character to the park so it can improve the community spirit! Our idea is to be ambitious but start small.
We would start by pressuring the council to cut back the bushes and shrubs near the pond to smarten up the area. Then we would pressure them to cut the grass on one of the open areas so that families and friends can once again have a kickabout and have picnics on sunny days. The other open area should be imbued with wildflower seeds to make the plain more vibrant and be more likely to attract bees and other insects to the area. The play area would follow after careful planning and observation of youth activity.
We think that with new equipment like those in Fox Hollies Park nearby, the new area would be far less susceptible to vandalism than its predecessor was.
The park is also very close to the four schools located on Kineton Green Road: Kineton Green Primary School, Our Lady of Compassion Primary School, Langley Primary School and Langley School. The pupils of those schools deserve a play area close to them without having to travel miles to parks with play areas further away.
If you want to pressure Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to act and believe families in Olton should have a park full of activities to be even more proud of, please sign this petition.