A SCHOOLGIRL’S plea for a "big swing’’ to be erected at her local park has been answered.
Olivia Walmsley, six, is thrilled with Oswaldtwistle Area Council’s decision to grant £1,000 for the swing at West End Park.
The youngster, who lives in Norman Road with mum and dad Joann and Paul, and little brother, Ben, three, wrote to the council last month asking for a new swing as she had outgrown the nursery swing at the park.
A copy of the letter was sent to Oswaldtwistle Area Council chairman Peter Britcliffe.
The West End Primary pupil wrote: "My mummy and daddy take me to the little park at the bottom of my street but I am now too big for the baby swings. Please may I have the big swings back?"
Olivia and her family went to Tuesday’s area council meeting and were delighted when the bid was unanimously approved.
Joann said: "They moved the item up the agenda so Olivia could be there as she had school the following day. Olivia was very excited. My children use the park quite a lot because it’s close to home and I am sure they will be there over the summer as well."
After announcing its decision the area council and members of the public gave a standing ovation to Olivia for her efforts.
Olivia’s letter, which she composed herself, had been read out by Councillor Britcliffe.
Councillor Brian Roberts said: "I think it’s a very nice letter and extremely well written for a young person of this age. I give my full support to this proposal."
Councillor Britcliffe said: "I am glad we can help Olivia. I’ve never seen a letter from such a young child but I think it was really good that she wrote to the council about the issue."