A play area in the heart of Elton has been revamped after an injection of cash.
Chairman of Elton Parish Council Cllr Tony Mills opened the newly refurbished play area, which is next to the community centre, primary school and the children’s centre.
The refurbishment includes new play equipment and safety surfaces. The £64,000 upgrade project was financed by a grant secured from WREN along with contributions from Elton Parish Council, ESSAR, Encirc, Growhow UK Ltd, and Cheshire West and Chester Cllr Graham Heatley.
Children at Elton Primary School helped secure the grant through their involvement in the community consultation process. The children also helped to choose the new equipment to make sure it would provide a fun, all inclusive and stimulating play environment for all ages.
The existing benches and picnic tables were refurbished and painted by volunteers from the Elton Scout Group.
Richard Smith, grant manager for WREN said: “WREN aim to fund projects that make a real difference to local communities. I am pleased to see the play area completed at Elton and its central location next to the primary school and community centre is sure to make it popular. I hope the area is well used and enjoyed for many years to come”.
Elton Parish councillor Helen Coy said: “This project will make a real difference to the children and families of Elton. I would like to thank the community of Elton and our partner funders who have contributed to the project and especially thank the children of Elton Primary School and the 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group whose enthusiasm and input into the project helped us to secure the WREN grant”
CWaC Councillor Graham Heatley said: “This really was a community project. Children drew pictures of their ideal play area and picked out the equipment. I am proud my contribution from my member budget has gone to such a good local cause.”