Funding boost for Hargrave play area’s revamp

Cllr Clive Pollington and David Taylor at the Hargrave play area ANL-151112-135306001
Cllr Clive Pollington and David Taylor at the Hargrave play area ANL-151112-135306001
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A £40,000 campaign to revamp a 40-year-old village play area has received a funding boost.

Hargrave Parish Council has been consulting with children and families about the type of equipment and features they would like to see in their new play area.

Ideas put forward include a circular track where children can learn to ride bikes, scooters or roller skate as well as better access for people using wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs.

The scheme, which is likely to cost just over £40,000 and could be delivered in phases, recently received £500 from the locality budget of St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Clive Pollington.

He said: “The old play area is more than 40 years old and is in need of replacement.

“There is a really strong community spirit pushing to get this delivered and I am really pleased to be able to contribute to the fund-raising element of this exciting project.”

A parish sub committee ispushing forward with the scheme and secured funding totalling £8,000 from Havebury Housing Partnership, Go Ape!, Hargrave Parish Council and the Ganzoni Trust. Through the support of the local County Councillor Mary Evans it has extended the pavement leading up to the play area - a contribution worth more than £8,000.

Families have contributed in different ways including helping to cut back hedges and trees and in September running a car wash outside the village hall which raised £200.

The group is now working on finalising further applications to local and national bodies for funding.

David Taylor, chairman of the Hargrave Play area sub committee said: “Overall we want this project to widen the appeal and encourage greater use of the play area, promoting healthy living through outdoor play. We are really grateful to Cllr Pollington for his contribution and the ongoing support he and Mary Evans offer to this project.”