Cottingham play areas to be given £160,000 improvements

Fri, 17 Jun 2022

Redevelopment work worth £160,000 is due to begin on two Cottingham play areas next week.

The play area in Abbots Walk and the KGV site on King George V playing fields, off Park Lane, will be given a major overhaul and be fitted with brand new equipment.

The scheme will begin with a totally redesigned play area at Abbots Walk, with the installation of new equipment aimed at all young ages and abilities.

The two Cottingham sites are part of a £1.1m project to revamp play areas across the East Riding, with the majority of work being carried out at sites in need of redevelopment in Cottingham, Driffield, Beverley, Hessle and Swinefleet, near Goole.

The major investment has come jointly from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and from funds provided by developers, who are required to give money to benefit communities as part of new housing developments they build - which is called commuted sums.

Abbots Walk has been awarded £100,000 - comprising of £60,000 funding from the council and £40,000 from commuted sums.

The KGV play area will receive £60,000 - £30,000 of council funding and £30,000 from commuted sums.

Work is due to start on the Abbots Walk play area on Monday 20 June.

Improvements will involve the installation of new fenced toddler play area with a trim trail, swings, seesaw, dragon rocker and multi-play unit.

Additional play equipment installed will include a Cocowave swing, a tower multi-play unit, a shell swing, a Spica spinner and an inclusive roundabout.

The work is expected to take four weeks to complete. The site will remain open for use.

The work will be carried out by council contractor and play area specialist Kompan.

Work on the KGV play area will begin later this year.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the council's portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: "These two play areas were chosen to be redeveloped because of their age and the amount of equipment they had.

"Their current play equipment there is outdated and offers very little play value for youngsters. They are in need of a refresh."

Councillor Claire Holmes, the council's portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, said: "We involved local residents and users of the play areas in these redevelopment and asked them what they'd like to see. They asked for more play equipment to cater for more age ranges and abilities.

"Once the new play areas are complete, the new equipment will create an exciting and challenging place for children and families to enjoy."

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