Play park funding gets big boost


(l-r): Efford & Lipson ward Councillor Brian Vincent, Council leader Tudor Evans and deputy leader Pete Smith lend a hand with building a bench in the play area at Bernice Terrace.

(l-r): Efford & Lipson ward Councillor Brian Vincent, Council leader Tudor Evans and deputy leader Pete Smith lend a hand with building a bench in the play area at Bernice Terrace.

Further funding for several city play areas is being celebrated.

The second phase of the Council’s Improving Outdoor Play programme, originally announced in 2018, promised that 38 Plymouth play parks would get a refurb.

With 26 either complete or ready to start and eight in consolation and planning, the project has received further funding of £318,000 in external funding.

Councillors Vincent, Evans and Smith help to install a roundabout at Bernice Terrace

Councillors Vincent, Evans and Smith help to install a roundabout at Bernice Terrace

This additional income means that a number of parks will or have already benefited from a higher spec upgrade than originally envisaged.

One of the play areas that will benefit is Bernice Terrace, where Council leader Tudor Evans and deputy leader Pete Smith, went to lend a hand with the refurb.

Councillor Smith said: “This is a project that matters to people in all parts of the city so I’m delighted by the extra funding for it.

“I’ve followed the programme with interest since the beginning and I can’t wait to see children enjoying the new facilities.”

Here is a breakdown of where the additional funding has come from and what it has gone towards:

– Section 106 funding will go towards sites at Redwood Drive, Victoria Park and Honicknowle Green

– A grant from the Ministry for Homes, Community and Local Government will help fund Bladder Meadow, How Street, Carlton Terrace and Strand Street

– The Postcode Lottery have contributed a grant towards improvements at Milford Lane

– Local charity Whitleigh Big Local made a significant contribution towards Lancaster Gardens

– Babcock put money towards improvements at Teat’s Hill.

In all, the Council looks after and maintains over 130 play areas across the city.

You can find your nearest one here – www.plymouth.gov.uk/parksnatureandgreenspaces/findplayground