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Give us the cash and we’ll rejig play areas
9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
GRANTS and people power could transform rundown play areas on the New Mills estate.
An action group has been formed with a plan to enhance the Browning Road play areas rather than see them fall into disuse and disrepair.
But now £50,000 needs to be found to make it all happen.
Herefordshire Council, the owner of the three play areas in question, is working hand-in-hand with the Browning Road Outdoor Spaces and Play Areas group (BROSPA).
This is made up of New Mills residents, including its chairman, Ledbury town councillor Paul Winter.
Coun Winter said: “Things are going really well. The small junior play area has been reopened by Herefordshire Council – a notable success after it was closed due to vandalism.”
Following a BROSPA appeal, the equipment has been repaired and hedges and trees around the junior play area have been cut back “to improve visibilty and the safety of the children playing”.
But much work needs to be carried out on two nearby play areas for older children, and BROPSA is considering launching grant applications to fund improvements which could cost as much as £50,000.
Coun Winter said consultation with local residents had given the group “a mandate”, and ideas include bringing in new play equipment and removing some items, such as a battered tube for crawling through, which is now badly dented, and also removing a climbing frame which is rarely used by children. However, a larger timber climbing frame with netting looks set to get a make-over if funding can be found, and the small football and basket ball pitches could be realigned so that balls do not fly into thorn bushes and are burst, and local residents are less likely to have balls flying over into their gardens. New benches could also be installed Coun Winter said he hoped the improvements might be in place by the summer of 2014.
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