A FIVE-year-old girl from Oswaldtwistle is pleading with Hyndburn Council to install "big swings" for her and her friends to play on in a park near to her Norman Road home.
Little Olivia Walmsley, who attends West End Primary School, has hand-written a letter to the council asking for the addition to West End Park.
In her letter Olivia 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?"
Her mum Joanne said she was surprised at the request.
She said: "She came to us one day and said: ‘If I write a letter about the park is there someone that would read it?’
"It has all been her idea. All I have done is help her with some spellings when she got stuck. She told me what she wanted to say.
"The park has a climbing frame and slide, and baby swings, and the framework for ‘big swings’ but in the eight years we have lived here I don’t recall seeing any.
"For the past 18 months she hasn’t been able to use the baby swings properly. She just wants some swings that she can play on.
"In an ideal world, someone would listen to the children and they would get some swings. But we haven’t had a response yet."
Joanne said she would send a copy of the letter directly to Hyndburn Council leader Peter Britcliffe.
He said: "I will certainly look at any requests we get. It’s just a matter of funding but it may be something we can put onto a list of future programmes.
"I have spoken to ward councillor Marlene Haworth who is going to take the request to the residents’ association’s annual meeting at West End Community Centre next Thursday and ask people for their views.
"If supported, she will take it to Oswaldtwistle Area Council for possible funding."