Colnbrook Recreation Ground to be revamped under SBC scheme

Slough has finally been given the go-ahead to revamp eight more play areas across the borough.

Councillors Satpal Parmar and Natasa Pantelic celebrate getting the funding that will revamp the Concorde Way play areaThe play areas project – which has already seen 15 play areas get new equipment and facilities – was put on hold in the summer after the government announced they were potentially stopping funding to play areas nationally.

Slough Borough Council appealed the decision on the town’s portion of the funding and, this week, learned the appeal had been successful and £439,010 cash was theirs.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, commissioner for education and children, said: “It is fantastic news that the government has given us the money we need to revitalise the remaining eight play areas in the borough.

“Now we can move ahead with our discussions on equipment for the areas, how they will be laid out and when work can start.

“We promised to regenerate 24 play areas in Slough and with the 15 already done these eight being started and Upton Court Park already underway we are keeping that promise.”

The eight play areas that were put on hold this summer are:

  • Colnbrook Recreation Ground
  • Kedermister Recreation Ground
  • Maplin Park
  • Marescroft Road
  • Richards Way
  • Moray Drive
  • Concorde Way
  • Cardigan Close

The play project involves 22 play areas built with government funding and two areas – Upton Court Park and Salt Hill Park – built with cash from the Big Lottery Fund.

It also includes a play ranger programme of activities around the town to encourage children to be confident about playing outside and to take back ownership of their play spaces.

Councillor Pantelic added: “Playing is a fundamental part of childhood and playing outside is one of the best activities our young people can take part in.

“Every child should have the opportunities that play brings – whether it is clambering over ropes, screaming down a slide or swinging as high as possible.

“Fresh air, exercise, imagination and having lots of fun are what these play areas are all about and I am so excited there will be eight more.

“Finally we can finish the project we started 18 months ago.”

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