THE first phase of fundraising for a £200,000 revamp of a Northwich play area is almost complete.
Moulton Parish Council unveiled plans to improve the playing fields to encourage more children and young people to use it in February and have been fundraising all year to reach the £90,000 needed to complete the first phase of the project.
The plan is to turn the recreation ground off Main Road in the village into a multi-sports area with a play area, shelters, dog bins, litter bins and lighting. Under the proposals, the existing football pitch would be maintained for use by the village football club.
Parish council chairman Mark Green said: 'We have virtually completed the fundraising for the first phase of the project. We are waiting for one of the main grants to come through but that should be soon.
'The plan is that the work will start in the spring and it will open in the summer. There will be a multi-use games area with things like basketball and football, seats and also shelters for the young people.'
Mark added: 'The other two areas we have got to improve and develop are the toddler and junior play areas. It will be a separate area, probably fenced off, and there will be brand new play equipment. It will be a massive improvement for the young people in the area.'
The project has benefited from a £5,000 donation from Cheshire Police Authority. They set up a community safety partnership fund in 1999.
The donation to the Moulton project will be handed over on Friday at the Cheshire police HQ by authority chairman Peter Nurse who said: 'The fund enables local community groups and organisations to put into reality their community safety ideas. The award of the grants assist local groups to provide much needed facilities for the community.'