New park for Newbold

GV of Newbold Play Area.
GV of Newbold Play Area.
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A new play area is to be built at Newbold’s Avon Mill Recreation Ground thanks to a £25,000 grant.

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, including 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 Wednesday December 4 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 an extra £7,000 to invest in the play area.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, borough 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 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 the next 99 years.