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Play parks in North East Lincolnshire set to benefit from £800k revamp

£800k revamp to improve play parks in North East Lincolnshire

Play parks in North East Lincolnshire set to benefit from £800k revamp

Play parks in North East Lincolnshire are set to receive an £800,000 revamp to improve equipment.

A programme of investment in the play parks was approved in February, to “support the health and wellbeing” of residents and allow children of all ages and abilities to enjoy playgrounds across the borough.

On Wednesday 16 June, members will discuss a report at Cabinet in a bid to progress with the programme and release the funds which would allow the Council to install, repair and maintain the new play equipment.

The replacement of equipment is estimated to cost £800,000 over the next three years.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “It’s vital we improve our play parks so children can stay safe and active in the great outdoors, improving their health and wellbeing in the process.

“Over time, the equipment in our play parks has gradually deteriorated and some items have been removed due to age, vandalism or excessive maintenance costs.

“We want children of all ages and abilities to be able to access good quality, safe play areas and that is why we are investing £800,000 into revamping them. To do nothing would mean the play parks will continue to deteriorate and go into gradual decline.

“We want to improve the standards of our play parks and make them a more desirable place to visit, so that they can offer a wider social benefit to the local community.”

If Cabinet members decide to go ahead with the programme and release the funds, the council will go out to tender, which will allow a contract to be awarded for works to progress.

Ward and parish councillors will have the opportunity to consider and influence final plans and designs for play parks in their areas.

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