Funding of over £100,000 set to transform play facilities in Mixenden

Cllr Scott Patient outside Halifax Town Hall

Plans have been revealed for new, improved playground facilities near the lower site of Ash Green Community Primary School in Mixenden, Halifax, and local people are being asked to share their thoughts.

The existing play area on Sunnybank Road in Mixenden is due to be upgraded with proposals for new equipment including swings, slides, climbing equipment, multi-use play systems and interactive play panels. There are also plans for more accessible options, including options like a wheelchair-accessible roundabout and adapted swings.

The proposals for the new, improved playground can be viewed at link) and local people are being asked to share their thoughts, by emailing The responses received will then be used to shape final designs for the facility. The deadline for responses is Friday 15 December 2023.

The project is being delivered and partly funded by Calderdale Council with additional funding from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and Active Calderdale.

The funding has been secured after local people highlighted the importance of play facilities in the area, as part of the public consultation on proposals for the Community Streets, Mixenden project. This feedback led to the Council undertaking work to seek alternative funding sources to upgrade the play facilities, with over £100,000 pounds successfully secured.

The upgraded play facility will now complement wider work in the area as part of the Community Streets project, which aims to reduce traffic and build a safe and healthy environment for people of all ages to walk, cycle, rest and play in the streets around Ash Green.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Active Travel and Housing, Cllr Scott Patient, said:

“When we asked people for their thoughts on the plans to improve the environment around Ash Green school, it was clear that quality play facilities were really important to local people.

“We’re delighted to have been able to secure this additional funding to allow us to transform the existing play area, with plans to upgrade the equipment and include more options for those with disabilities. We now want to hear people’s thoughts on the proposals to help shape final designs.

“The Community Street project is about reducing traffic and making it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle and play in their local area. The addition of a new playground, close to Ash Green school, will support this work and improve the local environment, particularly for young people and families in the area.”