Jackie Weaver has the authority to open new Handforth play area
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Jackie Weaver has the authority to open new Handforth play area

A new children’s play area and footbridge have been opened in Handforth by lockdown legend Jackie Weaver.

Ms Weaver was joined by children from nearby Handforth Grange Primary School, who tried out the new equipment at Anwyl Homes’ development, The Fairways.

The new facilities include a footbridge, which links the development to Meriton Road Park as well as the surrounding neighbourhoods and the school, and have all been created for the local community by Anwyl. A total of 224 new homes are being built at The Fairways, overlooking Styal Golf Course.

Ms Weaver, chief officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, became a social media sensation earlier this year for staying calm during a now infamous Handforth Parish Council Zoom meeting.

She said: “It’s great to see facilities being provided for the wider community as part of Anwyl’s new homes development. Handforth is a great place for families to call home, with a strong community spirit, and I’m sure the new residents at The Fairways will enjoy spending time in the play area and its green surroundings.”

The play area is now open for use by new residents on the development as well as the wider Handforth community. The new footbridge provides a link between the two so the wider area is easily accessible to homeowners at The Fairways.

Alice Edwards, marketing manager for Anwyl Homes in Cheshire and North Wales, explained: “Alongside our development at The Fairways, Jackie Weaver and the newly energised Town Council have really helped to put Handforth on the map. The new community we’re building is really taking shape and it’s wonderful to be able to open the new play area and footbridge to the public so it can be enjoyed by the wider community.

“Our homes here are proving really popular, and that’s partly due to the real community feel that’s being created, which appeals to families and couples as well as professionals moving out of the city in search of a more relaxed pace of life.

“We were delighted to have Ms Weaver here to open the space, as she is passionate about community work and has proven she will speak up and be a voice to support residents and those who support them in the local area.”

The Fairways is an impressive development of one to five-bedroom homes, featuring a choice of apartments, semi-detached and detached homes, off Meriton Road. It includes some new house designs developed by Anwyl to better meet the lifestyle demands of its discerning buyers, as well as an uplifted specification.

Prices currently start at £394,995 for a three-bedroom, semi-detached home.

For more information about The Fairways call 01625 365 269 or see www.anwyl.co.uk/thefairways.