Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Play Area Is Overdue

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Play Area Is Overdue

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Byline: By Amy Cartmell

Our campaign in memory of Jordan Toward has gained more backing from councillors.

Newly appointed Lib Dem South Heaton ward councillors Karen Robinson and Helen Laing have voiced their support for a safe play area.

Jordan, 10, fell to his death fetching a ball from the roof of a building near his Elvet Close home. His parents, Julie and Martin, would like to see a grassy area dedicated to his memory.

Coun Robinson said: "I think the Toward family have shown great bravery in tragic circumstances and I think it's very important that a safe play area is created.

"For so long now there has not been anywhere for the children on the estate to play. There are only small patches of grass between the houses.

"The planning office is drawing up feasibility plans. This could take up to eight weeks as they must follow procedures, and residents will be contacted for input.

"With support from the Chronicle and the residents, we're sure the momentum will be kept up."

Geraldine Ormonde, Labour councillor for South Heaton, is also supporting the Chronicle's Keep Our Kids Safe campaign, as has MP Nick Brown. …

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