Major funding secured to improve an Ossett play area

11/07/2017, PR8600

A playground is Ossett is set to get a fantastic £59,000 make-over – thanks to the efforts of Wakefield Council and the Broadowler Tenants and Residents Association.

The Broadowler Lane site will get all new toddler and junior play equipment including new swings and multi-play units with slides for both age ranges, a basket swing, as well as rocking and spinning play features. A new safety surface will be put down, along with new bins, benches and safety gates.

Broadowler Lane play area set to get major refurbishment
Local councillors, police and Broadowler Tenants & Residents Association

The Council has supported the Broadowler Tenants and Residents Association to secure almost £49,000 grant funding from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund. This will be match funded by £10,000 from Wakefield Council with money contributed back into the community from the nearby Sunnydale Mills housing development, as part of the S106 agreement.

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. As part of the bid process we consulted with local people and this is what they told us they wanted so I am delighted that Ossett will benefit from this investment.”

“This is 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.”

Juanita Allen, Chair of Broadowler Tenants and Residents Association said: “We are thrilled to have finally got the go-ahead to refurbish our play area and would like to thank Wakefield Council for all their support.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Work is expected to start on site early 2018.

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