A NEW play area could soon be on its way to Pensnett if proposals come to fruition.

Proposals to install play equipment at Pensnett Community Centre on the High Street could see more than £32,000 invested in the scheme.

The money comes from a Section 106 pot due thanks developers undertaking work in the borough.

The plan follows consultation with residents and the community centre committee about the most suitable location for the scheme and what types of equipment should be installed.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for environment, said: "S106 money, which comes from developers who are undertaking work in the borough, is a great way for us to be able to invest and transform facilities in local communities.

"We work with community groups to determine the best use of the money and wherever possible ensure it’s spent in the same ward where the developments took place."

He added: "This sounds an exciting proposal for Pensnett and I would like to thank the community for getting so involved in the consultation.”

Judy Foster, ward councillor and deputy leader of the council, welcomed the proposal for the play area in Pensnett, adding: "The decision to invest in a play area in Pensnett is the result of lobbying by ward councillors for more facilities for children in the ward.

"Originally - the Coppice on the High Street was considered but ruled out due to problems with safe access across the busy High Street, the isolated nature of the location and planning restrictions on the nature reserve. 

"The proposed location - the Pensnett Community Centre - seems like an ideal site." 

Elaine Blakeway, secretary of Pensnett Community Centre, said a committee meeting is due to take place tomorrow (Wednesday) when members will decide whether to accept the proposed play area.