In normal circumstances the sight of thawing snow is never usually greeted with jubilation from youngsters. However, it is a different story for those that reside in the historical village of Buckden, Huntingdonshire, with the children itching to get a glimpse of the newly refurbished playground that has emerged from below.
The 17-year-old equipment has been given a much-needed facelift after a recent inspection from ROSPA (Royal Society for the prevention of accidents) condemned the existing apparatus as inadequate and dangerous.
Consequently, the swings, slide, climbing frames, rotators, rockers, picnic tables and floor surfaces have all been revitalised, but more importantly now comply with safety regulations. What was a ‘drab and dreary’ location thanks to years’ of neglect, is now a much more welcoming area. It is anticipated that the playground will attract some 5,000 visitors per annum, predominantly up to 12-years of age.
The playground upgrade owes largely in thanks to local business Mick George Ltd who generously donated £8,416 to Buckden Parish Council late last year.
Buckden Parish Council assumed responsibility for the recreational facility in 2015, taking the reins from the Village Hall Trust who previously held accountability for the site, dating back to 2000 when the park’ was originally installed alongside ‘Millennium Hall’.
Betty Millard, Councillor at Buckden Parish Council said: ‘’The children’s play area has always been heavily used, but we envisage that the changes will further increase the attraction and frequency of use. The village and surrounding areas are well serviced from a facilities perspective which means we have a wealth of social, sporting and church groups who meet regularly. The grant from Mick George Ltd has ensured that the younger generations also have somewhere to enjoy.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘‘The Parish Council has been tirelessly seeking assistance to guarantee that the playground is suitably functioning ahead of the Spring months, and their efforts should be applauded.’’
Stump continued: ‘’This initiative is yet another example of how the Mick George Community Fund can help improve local amenities. Once again, we are pleased to be involved with another successful project.’’