Council vote on play plan

10th Febuary 2011.' new play ground could be built on Bottom Boat Road in Stanley if councillors approve plans next week. The Friends group has been campaigning for improvements to the dilapidated playground for the past two years.'Pictured Front: Catherine Pearson and John Steel with L/R: Danielle Wood with Joel Cullen and Emma Hooley with Daniel Hooley 'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
10th Febuary 2011.' new play ground could be built on Bottom Boat Road in Stanley if councillors approve plans next week. The Friends group has been campaigning for improvements to the dilapidated playground for the past two years.'Pictured Front: Catherine Pearson and John Steel with L/R: Danielle Wood with Joel Cullen and Emma Hooley with Daniel Hooley 'Picture: MATTHEW PAGE
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CHILDREN will be swinging in celebration if plans for new playgrounds across the city are approved.

On Tuesday councillors will be asked to rubber stamp a scheme worth almost £1m which would see five new play areas created and a another six parks refurbished.

Last year concerns were raised that the government funded Playbuilder scheme could be scrapped.

Although the grant given to the council has been reduced by almost £225,000 in the government’s comprehensive spending review, cash from charities and other funds has been found the plug the gap.

Bottom Boat play area, in Stanley, could benefit from a total grant of £74,000.

Catherine Pearson, chairman of Friends of Bottom Boat Play Area, said: “To get this money would make a massive difference.

“At the moment the children only have a slide to play on but it’s very dangerous because the steps up to it are too narrow and really need replacing.

“We already had plans drawn up to put in new equipment and flooring and this money would allow us to go ahead.”

Other areas set to benefit include Kettlethorpe, Crofton, Middlestown and the city centre.

In 2009 the government announced Wakefield Council would be given £1.1m over two years under the Playbuilder project.

Due to the governments spending cuts this year’s grant has been reduced from almost £600,000 to just under £375,000.

But council bosses have found additional money from other funding providers including Groundwork’s Community Spaces scheme.

A report prepared for cabinet urges councillors to approve the plans.

It states: “Although the scale of the grant has been reduced, this grant presents Wakefield Council and its partners the opportunity for children, young people and families to enjoy a range of safe and exciting places to play in the communities where they live.”

Plans for a park in Silcoates Street, off Balne Lane, have been scrapped due to a lack of support from residents.