Old Leake playground plans boosted by £37,500 WREN grant

Coun Peter Bedford hands over the �37,500 cheque from WREN for new equipment at Old Leake playing field. Pictured with Coun Bedford (far right) is, from left, parish councillors Gordon Potter and David Norton, with Clare Wilson, of Old Leake. NA
Coun Peter Bedford hands over the �37,500 cheque from WREN for new equipment at Old Leake playing field. Pictured with Coun Bedford (far right) is, from left, parish councillors Gordon Potter and David Norton, with Clare Wilson, of Old Leake. NA

YOUNGSTERS in Old Leake will soon have the benefit of new play equipment thanks to a grant of £37,500.

The grant from Waste Recycling Environment (WREN) has been handed over to the parish council to buy and install new equipment, suitable for all ages.

The plans are part of a major improvement project at the Furlongs Lane play area.

“While the whole project has taken around two years, it has been important for the parish council to discuss the ideas – and the budget available – with the village to ensure we create a safe and enjoyable play area for a range of ages,” said David Norton, parish council chairman.

“Also, by setting the equipment in a nicely-landscaped environment, we hope parents will be attracted to come along with their children and to create a genuine ‘family’ feel to the park.”

Natural-themed play areas, such as earth mounds and trails through shrubs and woodland planting, will surround the new equipment – including a toddler play house, new swings, a football and basketball area, exercise equipment and a picnic area.

Over the previous months, Couns Marlene Marriott and Claire Scott carried out consultations with local children and parents to see what equipment they wanted in the park.

Groundwork Lincolnshire has now provided the plans and sourced the equipment chosen by the children.

Work on the site is due to start soon and the park is planned to be up and running this autumn.

Coun Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire panel member for WREN, presented the cheque to the parish council last week.