Children to benefit from £70,000 play area grant

Loughton Parish Council Councillor Peter Todd
Loughton Parish Council Councillor Peter Todd

CHILDREN will have a new place to play next year thanks to a £70,000 grant.

Loughton Parish Council has been successful in securing the money after applying for it through Waste Recycling Environmental Limited – WREN. They will now be able to renew and invest heavily in the play area at Loughton Sports Ground.

Equipment at the play area will include climbing ropes, swings and a number of other items, designed to be as safe as possible.

Chairman of Loughton Parish Council, Councillor Peter Todd, said: “The success of the bid is excellent news because it means this play area will be refurbished to a high standard and will provide an excellent facility for children to play in.

“The area had become dilapidated so the new area will be built from scratch.”

The planning and consultation process lasted around 12 to 18 months and included views from more than 100 children at nearby Loughton School, who answered a questionnaire on what equipment they wanted to see there.

Residents were also involved in the consultation process, as was Milton Keynes Council.

As a result of the bid the parish council will be awarded £70,932 – with the grant due to be signed off in January. Equipment will then take eight weeks to arrive and four more to construct meaning an opening in spring or early summer is likely.

Mr Todd is confident the plans will be well received.

He said: “The design should be very popular. The area has not had investment for a long time. This will now happen and we will go from a poor play area to something really good.

“This is the heart of the area and we are hoping it will attract a lot of people here.”