Families celebrate £40,000 revamp of play park on Bury St Edmunds estate

New play area opens on Horringer Court estate.'Park design winners Yasmin Harvey and Katie Baldwin with Dan Boughton VC BSE Round Table, Cllr Sarah Stamp and Philip Jude VC of residents association. ANL-141015-194904009
New play area opens on Horringer Court estate.'Park design winners Yasmin Harvey and Katie Baldwin with Dan Boughton VC BSE Round Table, Cllr Sarah Stamp and Philip Jude VC of residents association. ANL-141015-194904009
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Families on a Bury St Edmunds estate are celebrating after a community rallied round to oversee a much needed £40,000 revamp of a play park.

A wealth of new fun-filled equipment is being enjoyed at the site on Horringer Court thanks to intervention by Suffolk County Cllr Sarah Stamp and the estate’s residents association.

A focus group of families put together a wish list with council bosses and decided on a contractor - with local children Katie Baldwin, aged six, and Yasmin Harvey, seven, winning a design a park competition.

They have each received £25 gift vouchers donated by Bury Round Table for their designs which included calls for more equipment for older children.

Among the new equipment is a basket swing, interactive play frame, toddler swing and a seesaw.

Cllr Stamp said the overhaul was long awaited as the site had become ‘tired and run down’.

She said: “It wasn’t really fit for purpose at all - it had been neglected. Now the estate’s got something they can be really proud of.

“They’re thrilled and really happy with it.

“It was the key issue from the county council election campaign last year. There was a feeling the Horringer Court estate had been overlooked for so long.”

Already a community picnic was held to encourage residents to take a look at the new equipment.

Suffolk County Council paid £36,000 towards the upgrade and have now transferred ownership of the park to St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Cllr Stamp, who contributed £4,000 from her locality budget, is now considering what can be done with the large green area next to the park.