New play park is lined up for sports ground

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A NEW play area will be built at Gonerby Hill Foot, thanks to funding of more than £63,000.

The children’s park will be built on a patch of unused land on the Arnoldfield Sports Ground, made possible by a grant from the Government’s Playbuilder programme.

Already, South Kesteven District Council, which is behind the project, has received more than £100,000 from the Playbuilder programme to install play equipment in other parks, including Queen Elizabeth Park and Dysart Park.

SKDC head of assets Paul Stokes said: “The Playbuilder programme has been running for three years and sadly this is its final year.

“At SKDC, we have been fortunate to receive a total of £169,000 from the Playbuilder programme which has funded new play equipment in South Kesteven; this latest grant will allow us to develop a section of the Arnoldfield ground for the benefit of many local children.”

The council has been consulting with residents in the area of the sports ground, and it seems some are pleased with the idea and some are unhappy.

A spokesman for SKDC said: “We have only had a handful of mixed responses to date.

“I would like to stress that we are keen to create a stimulating, positive environment for local children to benefit from.

“We would welcome any other feedback.”

The final decision and the finer details on play equipment will be made at the end of January.

To make a comment or suggest an idea for the new play area, write to Leisure and Amenities, South Kesteven District Council, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6PZ.

Alternatively, e-mail: s.mccahon@southkesteven.gov.uk

l What do you think to the idea of a new play area on the sports ground? Will it be a fantastic park for youngsters? Or are you concerned that it will become a meeting place for mischievous teenagers? E-mail: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk