Plea for extra £25k to refurbish play park

New play park designs on display for Southwick Green
New play park designs on display for Southwick Green

A GROUP campaigning for new play equipment at Southwick Green is appealing for another £25,000 to build something ‘really special’.

The Southwick Green Community Team has managed to secure £75,000 towards the project from Adur Council, but says it needs more to be able to provide the best for the area’s children.

“We have our hearts set on something really special and have put so much time and effort into it,” said organiser Fiona Dunn.

“The play companies have come back with their plans within our budget.

“They cover a good new park but they have said that we could have a great deal more imaginative play for another £25,000.”

A public consultation held at the green on Wednesday last week was attended by more than 100 people.

She said the group was ‘very happy’ to announce that the project was due to go ahead in October.

“The Council very generously gave us £75,000 for our project,” said Fiona.

“We did not get our match funding with Veolia and we feel that we have to try one last attempt to get part of or all of this £25,000. It’s a real community project and we want to make it the best we can.”

A council spokesman said: “There was a good community turnout for both consultation sessions held last week, with around 150 returned comment forms.

“As part of Adur District Council’s capital funded programme for 2014/15, £75,000 was awarded to refurbish the existing play area on Southwick Green.

“The council, together with Southwick Community Group and local ward councillors, has consulted with the local community, particularly local children, on what they would like to see included in the refurbished play area.”

The consultation exercise is now nearly complete and the council intends to award the contract for the play area refurbishment to the successful tenderer in October, 2014, with an anticipated grand opening date of late December 2014.

Councillor Peter Metcalfe said he was very proud to be involved in such a ‘fantastic’ project that would help regenerate Southwick.

A spokesman for Veolia said the trust was receiving many more applications than it used to and could only fund around one in every three.