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Community's playground dream nears completion

11 October 2017

Work is nearing completion on a new village playground that has been a 13 year dream for the local community.

Campaigners in Flookburgh were delighted when a £34,000 grant from our Locally Important Projects fund, awarded earlier this year, meant they could finally push ahead with their plans to transform an area of land on Moor Lane.

Families in Flookburgh had been working since 2004 to attract support and funding for the ambitious community project.

Now the park is taking shape and plans are being finalised for a grand opening.

Our community and leisure team has supported the Flookburgh and District Recreational Charity, which is leading on the project, helping it manage the consultation work, design and build of the new playground.

For Councillor Gill Gardner, who represents the Holker ward which includes Flookburgh, it will be a particularly emotional moment.

“This playground campaign is the reason I first became a councillor, to do all I could to support it’’ explained Councillor Gardner, who is chair of the Flookburgh and District Recreational Charity.

“It has been more than 10 years of hard work so to see it so near to opening and looking so good is very, very special.

“I can’t wait to see the kids playing on it and enjoying it and for the whole community to see it. It has been a long road and there are quite a few people who thought it would never happen, but we have got there in the end with the help of this grant from the council.’’

The Flookburgh playground scheme was one of 16 new applications approved by us in the latest round of Locally Important Projects (LIPs) grant funding worth £287,000.

The grants support our priorities on the environment, housing, supporting the local economy, health and wellbeing.

Community groups, clubs and organisations such as local town and parish councils are eligible to apply.

Our Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, said: “These grants are proving to be a popular and highly effective way of supporting some excellent projects, like the creation of new play facilities in Flookburgh, which help local organisations and communities to achieve real results.”

Since 2013 we have awarded 72 LIPs grants worth almost £1 million.

Pictured are Councillor Gill Gardner (centre), with (from left) Paul Taylor and Jamie Thompson from contractors Kompan, who are building the playground at Flookburgh; Claire Welburn, trustee of the Flookburgh and District Recreational Charity; Peter Clarke, our Community and Leisure Recreational Engineer who has been supporting the design and build process and Lyn Prescott, secretary of the Flookburgh and District Recreational Charity. 

Flookburgh play area