Landfill to become children's park

PUBLISHED: 08:01 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

A FORMER landfill site will be revamped into a children's play park.

A FORMER landfill site will be revamped into a children's play park.

Rosewood Farm in Burnham, which covers about five acres, will now be a public park with a toddler's area, swing, roundabout, springy riders, jogging track, cycle way, flowers and trees.

The site off Worston Lane is locally known as Burnham Level and was used as a municipal landfill but the debacle over what to do with the site has been going on for almost 20 years.

When the site closed in the 1980s it had to be left untouched, to allow for the waste to rot and gases such as methane to be released. Pipes were installed to help release the gas.

As part of Government regulations, each developer who built houses around the site, including Persimmon and Bloor, had to put money aside for green areas.

Instead of having lots of smaller parks, Sedgemoor District Council, which owns the land, decided to pool the money and build a big facility in the middle of the estate.

At a meeting of the council's development control committee on Tuesday, councillors decided to give the planning application the go ahead, subject to some additional information being supplied.

This means work on the park will soon be underway so it can be used by pensioners, families, dog walkers, teenagers and people wishing to exercise.

In addition, it can also be used as a through way for those walking between the housing estates surrounding it.

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