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Playground to open after £40k makeover
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A NEW community playground will open in Billericay after receiving a £40,000 makeover.
The previously neglected area at Outwood Common will be officially opened on Saturday, October 12.
Works to carry out the much-needed improvements were made possible thanks to the London borough of Waltham Forest, which owns the land, the Veolia Trust and Essex Environment Trust.
Veolia awarded Billericay Town Council £27,500 and the Essex Environment Trust put forward £12,000 to boost what was a desolate play area.
Helen Philpott, town clerk at Billericay Town Council, said: “There was nothing in that area at all.
“The town council did a lot of consultation and were very pleased the London borough of Waltham Forest gave consent for play equipment to be installed and we were very grateful for the grant.
“It’s providing a facility that wasn’t there before.”
All that had stood at the green space previously was an old goal frame, but now there are climbing frames, swings and a see-saw which are suitable for children aged five to 11-years-old.
It is hoped a a new goal frame and net, which are being purposely built for the site, will also be installed in the coming weeks.
The play area has been laid with a green rubber surface so it is in-keeping with the rest of the development and is safe for youngsters.
A shelter has also been put up for parents to use while their children play.
The play area, just off Morris Avenue, in Billericay, will be opened at 11am and a local fair will be providing free cup n saucer rides and bungee trampolines.
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