Major funding secured to improve Gawthorpe play area

10/09/2019, PR-9172

​Children in the Gawthorpe area are enjoying new outdoor adventures - thanks to a £50,000 investment in their local playground.

Opening of new-look Gawthorpe play area

​The new-look play area in the heart of the community has seen play equipment upgraded, with a range of new swings, slides and rocking and spinning apparatus that is suitable for both nursery and primary school aged children.

The playground has been funded by Wakefield Council, the Council's Local Capital Grants programme, and through the Holly Approach/Swithenbank housing development.

Other improvements include a new safety surface as well as new bins, benches and signage.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "The new improved play area will be great for families and young people. 

"This a fantastic example of how the community, local councillors and the Council can work together to access funding to improve life for local people. It also shows how our communities can benefit from private sector developments."

The Council has supported funding which has been made up with a Local Capital Grant allocation and match funded from Wakefield Council, with funds contributed back into the community from the new Holly Approach/Swithenbank housing development.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, said: "Investing in communities is hugely important to us and I'm very pleased that the local capital grant funding has supported ward councillors and partners to provide something that will be enjoyed by children and families for years to come."

The Local Capital Grants programme sees £50,000 allocated, annually, to each of the Council's 21 wards to fund projects that will improve the lives of local residents.

Ward councillors work closely with residents and voluntary and community groups to identify projects which will benefit their local communities. Cllrs Lynn Masterman, Cllr Angela Taylor and Cllr Nick Farmer have supported this project.