New play area for Brandon’s youngest residents

There is a new toddlers' playground at Brandon Leisure Centre. ''Pictured: Lis McDonald with son Ewan (2), Clea Cole-Wilkin with Jake Newell (2) and Town clerk Christine Mason ANL-150224-164136009

Brandon’s smallest residents now have a safer place to play after a town councillor helped to fund a new £8,000 toddlers’ play area.

The new playground, at Brandon Remembrance Playing Fields, is now open, providing tots up to five years old the chance to play away from older children.

The project, managed by Brandon Town Council, received a boost when chairman Reg Silvester donated £3,000 from his Suffolk County Council locality budget towards it.

Cllr Silvester said: “It is good for the youngsters because they are not going to be mixed with bigger children at the other play area, and parents can sit and watch them from the leisure centre.

“We’re very pleased with the play area. It demonstrates that councillors’ locality budgets are being used wisely in Brandon.”

So far, the play area has four pieces of equipment, including a slide, and safety surfacing. Town clerk Christine Mason said it would soon be ringed by a fence and more equipment would follow within the next year.

“There is such a lot of stuff for older children here, which is already quite crowded – it is much nicer for the younger children to have their own place,” she said.

“It’s behind the leisure centre, so parents can sit outside on the decking and watch their children play.

“I thought we could build the play area in stages and see how it went. So far I’ve not heard any bad feedback.”

Ms Mason said the town council, which owns the playing fields, was aware that the existing play equipment was in need of refurbishment.

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