Rugby council secures £25,000 for to build new play area for Newbold

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A £25,000 grant has paved the way for a new play area at Newbold’s Avon Mill Recreation Ground.

Rugby Borough Council has secured the grant from SITA Trust’s QEII Fields Fund, and now plans to consult with residents over designs for the play area.

The council joined forces with the recently formed Newbold on Avon Community Partnership to submit the bid, which was supported by ward councillors and Rugby Sport for the Disabled.

Before the bid was submitted, the partnership carried out a consultation which revealed an overwhelming desire for new play facilities in Newbold - and a ‘wish list’ of play equipment.

The list included basket and nest swings, a see-saw, roundabout, and a climbing frame.

All the equipment, together with seating and a bike rack, will now be incorporated into a number of designs for the play area.

Pupils at Newbold Riverside Primary School and residents have the chance to vote for a favourite design at consultation events taking place on 4 December at the school and Newbold Methodist Church.

Cllr Claire Edwards, one of the founders of Newbold on Avon Community Partnership, said: “The partnership was only formed in the summer and this was its first campaign, so we’re very pleased it’s been successful.

“It shows our community partnership can make a difference.

“Lots of people got involved and we had an overwhelmingly positive response. The play area is going to be a marvellous resource for the community.”

In addition to the £25,000 grant, the council has earmarked £7,000 to invest in the play area.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “The council has a clear commitment to investing in play areas and I’m delighted we can push ahead with the plans for Avon Mill so soon after opening the new play area at Cawston Grange.

“The success of this bid shows the real difference the council and communities can make when working in partnership.”

The SITA Trust’s QEII Fields Fund was launched to support parks granted protected status under the Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Field Challenge.

The challenge aimed to create a living legacy for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ensuring more than 1,500 parks across the country were legally protected for 99 years.

Helen Griffiths, chief executive of Fields in Trust, said: “We are thrilled Avon Mill Recreation Ground has been successful in its application to receive funding through this fantastic opportunity from SITA Trust.

“The generous support SITA Trust have already provided through their QEII Fields Fund has been hugely popular so far and it’s great to see even more QEII fields receiving substantial grants to improve their facilities, keeping their sites fit for the future.”

Marek Gordon, CEO and chairman of SITA Trust, added: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”