A popular play area in Woodthorpe will have a £100,000 refurbishment thanks to external funding.
The Breck Hill Park in Woodthorpe will be improved thanks to funding from FCC Communities foundation, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. FCC Communities Foundation will be providing a grant total of £100,000.
The funding bid was made jointly by Gedling Borough Council and the Friends of Breck Hill Park, a local residents’ community group who undertook community consultation and identified a strong community need for the project. Work on the park is expected to start in October should be open by December.
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation Local Grant manager said: “We are delighted to work alongside the Friends of Group and the Borough Council to help deliver a fantastic facility for local children to play and have fun. The overwhelming support from the Friends of Group show the importance of the site to the local community and we look forward to work starting on site shortly. ”
Catherine Honey, the Chair of Friends of Breck Hill Park said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this funding and we are very excited about the future of the park. We want to thank everyone who has supported us to get this far and to Gedling Borough Council for their support in making the bid. We now have the enormous responsibility of spending the money wisely and making sure we provide a park that our children can enjoy.”
Portfolio Holder for Environment, Councillor Peter Barnes said: “This is fantastic news for the families who use the Breck Hill Park. This funding from FCC Communities will make a big difference to the area and I very much look forward to seeing what the new play park will look like. I would like to thank our staff at Gedling Borough Council and the Friends of Breck Hill Park who have worked together to make this bid and, of course, to FCC Communities for providing the funding. One of our council’s priorities is to enhance our parks and open spaces and provide an attractive environment that local people can enjoy.”