RESIDENTS of a housing estate in Flintshire have won a battle to keep a multi use games area. 

The Leader reported in May that residents of Parc Jasmin, in Broughton, were fighting to save the facility - which is used daily by local children, particularly for football. 

But in March this year, a planning application to rip up the MUGA and turn it into a cycle path and 'alternative play type' was given the green light by Flintshire Council. 

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It came after complaints, reportedly from just one member of the community, over noise and anti-social behaviour at the MUGA. 

It sparked an outcry from many residents of the estate - with the decision branded a "disgrace", leading to them launching the 'Save our cage' campaign. 

The Leader: Parc Jasmin residents pictured at the MUGA during the campaign to save it. Parc Jasmin residents pictured at the MUGA during the campaign to save it.

Newly elected Broughton county councillor, Chrissy Gee, and former community councillor and Parc Jasmin resident, Adam Williams, recently met with Bellway Homes' managing director to discuss the matter.

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And the company has agreed to make alterations to its application that will save the MUGA. It has agreed to instead plant bigger trees to stop footballs exiting the MUGA and going on to people's property. 

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Mr Williams said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been able to work with local residents, Bellway Homes and Flintshire County Council to ensure that this fantastic facility and village asset is retained. 

"With the overwhelming objections that the application to change the MUGA received, it was important that we understood the reasons for the proposal and for all interested parties to come together to find a suitable resolution.

"The news that the MUGA is staying has been really received and we are thrilled for the children of the village."

They added: "This is great news for Broughton and shows that some bad decisions can be changed."

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