Cash boost for Corby play area

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A play area on the Danesholme estate in Corby has new equipment and lighting, thanks to a £23,000 windfall.

The funding has come from Danesholme Neighbourhood Association and Wren, which gives grants to support community projects which benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites.

New lights, which are run from a solar panel and wind turbine-charged battery system, have been installed at the games area in Boden Close.

The system provides enough light for safe play in the winter evenings and has a timer which switches them off at 9pm to prevent anti-social behaviour. As well as the lighting, the games area also has four new pieces of outside gym equipment.

The project was funded with a grant of £20,700 from Wren and £2,277 the neighbourhood association.

Cllr Peter Petch, who represents the Danesholme estate on the borough council, said: “Although the dark evenings are starting to come in, young people still want to play outdoors and we want them to be as safe as possible. By installing sustainable lighting at the games area they can continue to have a safe place to play without having to venture further from their homes and now they can even benefit from some new gym equipment and experience a unique way to get fit and healthy for free.”

Cllr Chris Stanbra, who also represents the estate, said: “I’m delighted to see that funding has been given to create a safer place for young people to play now that the winter nights are here.

“I would like to say a big thank-you to the Danesholme Neighbourhood Association, WREN and the neighbourhood management team for the funding and support and I am sure that the residents of Danesholme will take full advantage of the equipment in their newly-lit games area.”