A NESTON play area is in line for a makeover.

Youngsters in West Vale could be looking forward to improvements to the playground in West Vale Park.

The open plan park includes a children's play area with a number of items of equipment which are in a state of disrepair, councillors are due to hear at a meeting on Tuesday (January 13).

It is intended to upgrade, resurface and widen a path through the park, provide a new path to create an alternative route, install fencing and entrance gates and to upgrade the playground with new safety surfacing and six new pieces of play equipment together with seating.

Landscaping is also planned including daffodils and wildflowers.

The paths will be suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pedestrians.

One objection has been raised from the 62 neighbours who were notified of the scheme relating to the proposed railings.

The occupier points out the estate is open plan and questions the need for the railings which he feels will lead youngsters to congregate and increase the possibility of antisocial behaviour.

The landscaping, improvements to the path and the installation of the railings will make better use of the space and allow access for everyone while making the area safer, planning officers believe.

The railings will also prevent access for unauthorised vehicles and discourage the playing of golf and other hard ball games.

The new equipment will encourage greater use of the site, they feel.

Recommending the application should be approved, planning officers say there should be no adverse effect on residential amenity and the scheme will improve the environment for surrounding residents.

As the relaying of the path will avoid seasonal waterlogging, the changes will provide an area of open space and recreation for people of all ages throughout the year.

The application is due to be considered at a meeting of Ellesmere Port and Neston planning committee taking place at the Civic Offices in Ellesmere Port at 6.15pm on Tuesday.