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New Play area for Bluebell Wood

Monday 16 July

 

The Bluebell Wood play area in Sutton in Ashfield has been upgraded to provide greatly improved facilities for children and young people.

Bluebell Wood Way play area is one of a number of community schemes across Nottinghamshire that have been funded by Nottinghamshire County Council as part of its Supporting Local Communities fund. The County Council gave a grant of £30,000 to the Alfreton Road Area Community Leisure Group for play area improvements. The grant was supplemented by a contribution of £10,000 from Ashfield District Council.

A new challenging play unit and swings have been installed, along with outdoor gym equipment for adults and youngsters over the age of 14. It has created a great place for the local community to enjoy.

The design of Bluebell Wood Way Play area involved children from Mapplewells Primary and Nursery School. The children discussed their concerns, views and aspirations for the site, along with taking part in design sessions with council officers.

The Oval play area on the Carsic estate in Sutton-in-Ashfield has also been upgraded recently to provide greatly improved facilities.

The County Council gave a grant of £42,000 to the Community of Christ Church for play area improvements. The grant was supplemented by a contribution of £13,780 from Ashfield District Council.

The existing toddler play area has been refurbished and new junior play equipment installed including new climbing units and a roundabout. The design of The Oval Play Area involved children from Brierley Forest Primary School and young members of the church’s Peacemakers group. The children visited the play area and discussed their concerns, views and aspirations for the site, along with taking part in design sessions with council officers.

Councillor Tom Hollis, Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council says “Ashfield District Council is working with community groups to apply for grants and provide funding for projects like this. Local children were involved with the design process, and the improved play area provides a place where families and children of all ages can enjoy playing outdoors. As the Council’s new administration we are committed to supporting more schemes like this across the district.”

Nottinghamshire County Council Committee Chair Cllr John Cottee said “Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The Bluebell Wood Way area will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors and have some fun.”