New look play area is proving a great hit for Hessett children after village pulls together

Opening of new play equipment in Hessett by Cllr Derrick Haley leader of Mid Suffolk District Council''Pictured: Amelie Frost (6)
Opening of new play equipment in Hessett by Cllr Derrick Haley leader of Mid Suffolk District Council''Pictured: Amelie Frost (6)

Play just got a lot more fun for children in Hessett with the opening of new equipment at a midsummer party style ribbon cutting. The parish council spearheaded the project which received a range of funding.

The ceremony marked the end of three year’s research and planning and a completely new look for the village green playground.

Hessett Parish Council launched the project to replace out of date equipment and it was funded through a Section 106 contribution.

There was also a donation from county councillor Penny Otton’s locality budget, a private donation and funding from the National Lottery.

A working party, including councillors and young mums, surveyed the village and local schools to discover how many children would use the equipment and what type of play equipment they would like.

Janice Gibson, chairman of the parish council, said: “We had a terrific response to the questionnaire, which showed us there were many young families in the area or visiting grandchildren who would benefit from modern play equipment which was both safe and challenging.”

To keep costs down the old equipment was sold on Ebay and villagers prepared the site, replacing fencing and painting the perimeter fence.”

Mrs Gibson added: “For a small village we should be very proud of what we have achieved to provide a fun experience for the children. We don’t have a school or a shop so the play area is also an important place where people can meet.”

Cllr Derrick Haley, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council and local councillor for Hessett, opened the play area on Saturday.