Pleasley play area to get £50,000 revamp

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The popular play area on Terrace Lane Recreation Ground, Pleasley, is going to be revamped thanks to Pleasley Parish Council being awarded a grant of over £49,000 by The Veolia Environmental Trust.

Much of the existing play equipment has become unsafe and unfit for purpose and has been removed by the parish council. New equipment will now be installed and the area will be landscaped and resurfaced.

It is hoped the new play structures will encourage positive interactions and safe play opportunities for a range of ages and abilities. A picnic site will also be created and trees and shrubs will be planted in the area.

A spokesman for Veolia said: “The grant was awarded by our board at its recent quarterly meeting, where it awarded a total of £1.2m to 47 projects across the UK.

“The grant awarded to Pleasley Parish Council means that the amount awarded over the past five years to projects in Derbyshire now totals £670,225.

“We award grants to community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“Our projects team will now start the process of working with the parish council to develop their final plans and get their project of the ground.”

Coun Howard Wright, chairman of the parish council, says: “It is great that we have been awarded this grant which means we are one step closer to creating a safe and stimulating play area which can be enjoyed by all members of the community. We look forward to the work getting underway.”

The executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, McNabb Laurie, added: “Over £650,000 has been awarded in Derbyshire in the last five years, and I’m so glad to see another award being made that will provide high quality play equipment for free and pen use by the public. Congratulations to all involved in the application and we can now work to get things underway.”