Parents on a Bury St Edmunds estate are thrilled after a councillor secured a long awaited and much needed £40,000 revamp of a play area.
Suffolk County Cllr Sarah Stamp has managed to get £36,000 from the authority to regenerate the park on the Horringer Court estate and will invest between £3,000 to £5,000 from her locality budget.
She is also forming a focus group for parents and children to have their say on how the play area should be developed.
Cllr Stamp, who represents the Hardwick division for the county and the Southgate ward for St Edmundsbury Borough, said: “What we want to do is make sure the park will be properly used by kids on the estate. The equipment which is there is not up to scratch and it’s important they have a say on what goes there.”
The borough council will oversee the revamp with the aim of having it ready for the summer holidays.
The move has been welcomed by parents including Eddie Garcia, of Whitby Road, whose son Antonio, aged one, and daughter Isabela, four, use the park.
He said: “We use it every week and it’s a bit tired.
“It’s a lot of money for a play ground so we’re really excited. We’ve seen over the years some of the equipment being removed because it became too dangerous or worn out.”
Asked what they would like to say installed, Mr Garcia said: “Something that can be used all year round and maintained fairly easily.”
Parent Emma Baldwin, of Kirkstead Road, who has a son Karl, 10, and daughter Katie, six, said: “It’s brilliant - the children need somewhere safe to play. The equipment has been really poor.
“What they need to do is cater for all age groups. It seems to cater for younger ones.”
The first meeting of the focus group for residents on the new park is on Feb 12 at 5pm at West Suffolk House. To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org