£20,000 upgrade to playgrounds in Rayleigh
Children can now enjoy new play equipment at parks in Rayleigh, which has been installed in plenty of time for the Summer holidays.
This comes after Rayleigh Town Council worked in partnership with Rochford District Council to source more than £20,000 of funding for improvements to three parks in the area.
The cash has been spent on new swings and see saws at Fairview Recreation Ground and Grove Woods & Playing Fields, and new swings at John Fisher Recreation Ground.
This was made possible after Rayleigh Town Council successfully applied for £10,000 of funding from Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund and supplied a further £7,217 themselves, with Rochford District Council providing the extra £5,000.
Cllr Dave Sperring, Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “I’m sure parents will be pleased to see this new equipment installed well in advance of the Summer holidays, and I hope that as the weather gets warmer it starts to get some good use!
“This is a great example of partnership working with Rayleigh Town Council for the benefit of local children and visitors, and I hope we can work with other town/parish councils on similar projects in the future.”
Cllr Mrs Carol Pavelin, Chairman of Rayleigh Town Council, said: “Rayleigh Town Council is pleased to support Rochford District Council by providing funding and obtaining a grant from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund to replace play equipment in District Council owned parks in the town.”
Rayleigh Town Council is continuing the partnership with Rochford District Council and is now working on the provision of replacement play equipment and safety surfaces at Sweyne Park Open Space. An application has already been made to Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund and there will again be funding from the Town and District Councils.
These improvements have come after Rochford District Council entered into ‘Service Level Agreements’ with Rayleigh Town Council and Hullbridge Parish Council to install new play equipment in local parks. The aspiration is now to team up with other parish councils, as they have access to funding steams which are not available to the District Council.
In addition, the children’s playground at Hockley Woods has also received a major upgrade after Rochford District Council managed to obtain £45,000 of funding from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB).