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Plans to improve a play area in Colwick have moved a step closer thanks to a £49k funding boost from grant-giving body WREN.

The money will be used to revamp the play area on Valeside Gardens and pay for new play equipment and also the refurbishment of the current facilities.

Work on the new play area will begin in October and should be finished in time for Christmas.

The funding bid was made jointly by Gedling Borough Council and Colwick Parish Council.

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Children from local school St John the Baptist were invited to contribute to the consultation on the play area and took part in a colouring competition to help shape the design of their ‘dream playground’.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire said the group were delighted to be able to support this community project.

She said: “We are pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for the local community in Colwick.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

NEW LEASE OF LIFE: The current play equipment is to be refurbished

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Alison Nunn, Chair of Colwick Parish Council said she was looking forward to seeing local children enjoy the new-look park.

She said: “Colwick Parish Council have long wanted to improve the facilities on Valeside Gardens Playground and are thrilled that we have secured the WREN funding to do so, with the assistance of Jane Richardson, Gedling Borough Council’s Parks team and the Community Of Colwick Village, who got behind this WREN funding application.”

Councillor Peter Barnes, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “We’re delighted with the funding for the much needed upgrades at Valeside Gardens play area.

“The Parish Council have been working closely with our officers to get this bid together and we would like to offer our sincere thank you to WREN for supporting so many of our parks, we simply couldn’t do this without their support and we are very grateful as are the children who can enjoy the new facilities.”

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