CHILDREN have renovated and improved play area thanks to work by Chippenham Town Council.

The local council have taken on the play area in Monkton Park after Wiltshire Council let it become run down and it was closed.

Council leader Cllr Sandie Webb said they had used money from developer funds to ensure the play area was open in time for the Easter school holidays.

She said: “This is an exciting time for the town and we are all very proud of the hard work that has gone in so far to make it happen."

Richard Clewer, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for corporate services said: “Our communities know their areas best and I’m delighted the town council is acting early and opening this popular play area in time for Easter. We have worked closely with the town to prepare a package of assets and services to be transferred and we’re looking forward to a successful handover this summer.”