Two new play parks for area

NILAKC101118A2 - Cotmanhay new playground opening. Deputy Mayor Cllr Kevin Miller with pupils from Cotmanhay Junior school
NILAKC101118A2 - Cotmanhay new playground opening. Deputy Mayor Cllr Kevin Miller with pupils from Cotmanhay Junior school
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NEW play areas will be built in Shipley and Long Eaton thanks to a £377,000 county council grant.

But there are fears that they will be scaled down from what was originally planned after the funding was slashed by £200,000 because of cuts to national spending.

The playparks are two of ten planned to be built by Derbyshire County Council under the authority’s Playbuilder initiative.

Long Eaton’s new play park, to be built in West Park off Wilsthorpe Road, had its funding cut from £62,500 to £46,187, while the park located inside Shipley Country Park was slashed from £50,000 to £36,950.

Thirteen other play areas have already been opened in Derbyshire under the Playbuilder initiative, including one in Cotmanhay in November last year.

Ten other sites, including the Long Eaton and Shipley parks, were planned for construction but work was suspended when the Government announced changes to the way the scheme would be funded.

Now the council has announced a £376,889 funding package to allow the remaining ten sites to be built.

Cllr Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for young people, announced the funding at a meeting of the authority’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday January 4.

He said: “We’re delighted to make this announcement which means that children in every district of Derbyshire will have benefited from Playbuilder. We’re committed to providing the county’s children with a healthy and active start in life and playgrounds can be enjoyed by children, their families and carers.”