Funding provides new equipment for popular Parkgate Play Area

1 November 2016

A popular play area in Parkgate now has three extra pieces of play equipment, thanks to funding secured by Cheshire West and Chester and Neston Town Councils.

The Ropework Play Area previously catered for younger primary school children but the addition of junior swings, a climbing frame and an all-inclusive roundabout, provides much needed facilities for the 7 to 11 years age group.

The play area received £16,800 from the Bradley Park Community Fund through the Landfill Communities Fund. This amount was also match funded by Neston Town Council and local Parkgate Ward member along with the Council.

The money also funded a new boundary fence for the neighbouring allotment, which increases site security and enhances the boundary with the play area.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “I’m delighted we worked closely with Neston Town Council to secure the funding for this exciting new play equipment. Everyone involved has done a wonderful job. Play areas like this are incredibly important in helping to ensure children have opportunities to safely take part in fun, physical outdoor activities. I’m sure this area will be very well used.

“Children from Parkgate Primary school have recently planted spring bulbs near the site and fruit trees will be planted on the land behind the play area in the coming weeks. So in the Spring, it will look even better.” Deputy Mayor of Neston, Councillor Ceri Lloyd said: “The improved Ropewalk Play Area is the product of excellent partnership working that has implemented some of the ideas put forward by the children of Parkgate Primary School. Facilities such as these make an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of children and families in the area and we hope that they enjoy many happy hours here.”

Robert McFarlane, Chairman of the NPL Group to which Bradley Park Waste Management belongs, added: “After so much hard work by so many people we’re delighted to hear that the project is now finished, and hope the play area will benefit the local children for years to come”.

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