Kids give a thumbs up to play area

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

The mayor, Cllr Sophia Choud­hary, wel­comed chil­dren from the school coun­cil at St Michael’s Ju­nior School, whose ideas were in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign of the sa­fari- themed play area.

Bor­ough coun­cil of­fi­cers vis­ited the school in March last year to dis­cover the chil­dren’s thoughts on what the new fa­cil­ity should look like.

More than 200 peo­ple who live near the park also gave their views in an on­line sur­vey.

The project cost £ 150,000, with £ 115,000 from lo­cal de­vel­op­ers’ con­tri­bu­tions to­wards com­mu­nity projects and the re­main­der from the bor­ough coun­cil.

Cllr Mau­rice Shee­han, the cab­i­net mem­ber for leisure and youth, said: “It’s great to see so many fam­i­lies en­joy­ing this new equip­ment.

“We are grate­ful to the chil­dren who helped with this project, for giv­ing us their ideas and en­thu­si­asm.

“I know they will spend many hours en­joy­ing this lovely new play area.”

Cllr Choud­hary added: “This is a great site with a good mix of equip­ment for chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages. It is great we can in­vest in a new play­ground with the lo­cal com­mu­nity hav­ing their say about what they would like to see in­stalled.”

This is the fourth new play area to open in the bor­ough in the past year, af­ter Rush­moor man­aged to se­cure ex­ter­nal fund­ing for each one. The oth­ers are in Mu­nic­i­pal Gar­dens, Alder­shot, Os­borne Road recre­ation ground, North Camp, and Pye­stock Cres­cent, Farn­bor­ough.

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