Investment In Play Areas

At the recent Environment, Housing and Community Panel, details were announced of two improvements to local play areas which will be going ahead in March/April this year.

Following the Conservative Administration’s successful bid to the Playbuilder programme in 2010, two schemes have been drawn up to be implemented very shortly. A total of £96,000 was won, with the money being evenly split between the two sites.

As a result of the grant, Phase 3 of the King George’s Playing Fields plan can be implemented providing the replacement of ageing equipment and some exciting new features.

‘I am overjoyed with these planned new facilities,’ said Ward Councillor Mrs Jan Pound.  ‘I love taking my grandchildren to King George’s as the facilities are outstanding.  The new equipment, which importantly includes facilities for disabled children, will make this a great attraction for families.  But I am not sure that I will necessarily brave the new climbing rocks!’

In Bishops Hall Park, the frequently-vandalised equipment will be replaced with a range of vandal-proof items.  Chairman Roger Hirst commented, ‘This is very good news for the residents of Pilgrims Hatch.  The major upgrade will mean that we will have to shut the play area for a short period, but the gain will make it worthwhile.

‘We have consulted with local groups and they have helped us to choose the most suitable equipment and they, like me, cannot wait to see the results,’ he added.