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Local play area gets modern makeover


Children and families will soon benefit from improved play are at Salisbury Avenue following a £10,528 investment from Gloucestershire County Council and Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council.

All new family friendly equipment at Salisbury Avenue will include a low platform roundabout and springer, along with all new softer surfacing.

This investment will provide a safe and exciting play area with new and improved facilities available to children with disabilities.

Work is expected to begin early in March with the aim of completing the first phase within a month. This phase will involve removing the existing equipment, which has been in place for over 20 years, and replacing it with the new.

The improvements are being funded through a county council grant and funds raised by Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council. Cllr Iain Dobie has contributed £5,000 from the children’s activity fund, with the local parish council providing £5,528 to assist with installation and costs.

Salisbury Avenue play area has already benefitted from a new games area in 2015 which incorporates a basketball court. The games area was co-funded by the county council, the local parish council and borough council.

Other exciting play areas in Leckhampton include the new £67,500 BMX track at Burrow’s Fields. These incredible spaces help provide the community with quality facilities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Cllr Iain Dobie, county councillor for Leckhampton and Warden Hill, said: “This investment will provide a stimulating and safe environment for young children in the area. As county councillor for the area I am proud to have played a central role in helping make this happen.

“The new roundabout has been specially designed with children with disabilities and wheelchair users in mind and is a major step forward towards inclusivity amongst all children using the upgraded facility. I hope that families enjoy the new equipment and the many health benefits associated with outdoor play.”

Anne Regan from Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council, said: “I am delighted that the community is being provided with new play facilities. Quality parks and open spaces that offer more inclusive play give all residents the opportunity to get out and enjoy some fresh air and healthy activity.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I hope families take the opportunity to visit the new play equipment at Salisbury Avenue to have even more free fun and the chance to socialise outside in a safe environment.

“By revamping this community facility and making it accessible to all children whatever their abilities, we are helping to give children and parents more opportunities to enjoy outdoors.”

Salisbury Avenue play area is an all-weather play facility that is designed for both early years and young children from ages 2 to 11.

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