£25,000 makeover for children’s play area in Raunds

Raunds mayor Cllr Helen Howell at the opening of the play area in Webb Road, Raunds
Raunds mayor Cllr Helen Howell at the opening of the play area in Webb Road, Raunds

A children’s play area has been given a new lease of life with a £25,000 makeover.

Raunds mayor Cllr Helen Howell opened the transformed play area in Webb Road in Raunds on Thursday, August 4.

Raunds mayor Cllr Helen Howell helping a youngster on the equipment at the Webb Road play area

Raunds mayor Cllr Helen Howell helping a youngster on the equipment at the Webb Road play area

The play area has been completely refurbished with a number of new pieces of equipment added and the whole area resurfaced and improved.

Speaking at the opening, Cllr Helen Howell said: “It’s just fantastic to see the children having such a wonderful time playing on the equipment.

“We’ve added some really exciting new pieces as well as incorporating the existing climbing frame and tyres as they are so well loved locally.

“We are really pleased with the area now, it has been given a new lease of life.

“We have also decided to add a picnic bench to enhance the area and that will be coming soon.

“We know that adults who used to play here now bring their children to play in this park and maybe they will in turn bring their children along too.”

A spokesman for the town council said the total cost of the project was £25,000, but the council had been able to secure a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to part-fund the project.

The spokesman added that the funding had ensured that the project offered ‘excellent value for money’ for people in the town.

Cllr Lee Wilkes, chairman of the town council’s environment, leisure and recreation committee, said: “It was highlighted in the Vision for Raunds that residents wanted to see improvements to the play areas in the town.

“Having already completed improvements to the Saxon Hall play area, we are delighted to have now completed Webb Road.

“We’ve already had some great feedback from local people, it’s good to know this play area will be enjoyed for years to come.”

The Big Lottery Fund supports people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. 

It is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest more than £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.