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Ellistown and Battleflat Parish Council: Playground

Ellistown and Battleflat Parish Council, just six months after receiving the welcome news that they had been successful in their application for a grant of £45,000 from local construction business Mick George Ltd who occupy premises bordering the village, now has a brand-new playground facility that local residents can be extremely proud of.

The village located in North-West Leicestershire has installed an array of new apparatus to the existing park location that is set to appeal to a much wider age-category to previously catered for.

Originally designed as a ‘toddler’ friendly amenity, fitted some 13 years ago when the estate adjacent to Rushby Road was established, the new equipment is aimed at those 5-years and upwards.

The fresh equipment consists of a climbing frame, double swing, climbing wall, slide, swing ropes and football goal, all accompanied by soft-safety flooring. Perhaps the most impressive addition is the ‘trim-trail’ which presents the opportunity for a variety of exercise regimes to be completed.

It’s not just the tangible entertainment offerings either, access points and through routes have also been improved, while community notice boards are also a nice addition. Mature Root-Ball’ trees have been planted at the southern edge of the play-park, which not only act as visual and acoustic screening for residents, but will also encourage and safeguard wildlife.

Any surplus funds that remain will be spent on upgrading the perimeter fencing, picnic tables and possibly replacing some of the surrounding hedges with more permanent, decorative walling.

The project arose as a result of on-going communications at Parish Council meetings about possible village improvements during the next 5-years. Eventually this led to consultation, where signatures were gathered in support of the scheme.

The first round of applications for the 2018 Mick George Community Fund is now open. Click here to submit entries, before March 28th.

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They said:

Mrs. M. Mawby, Ellistown and Battlefield Parish Councillor said: ‘’The grant has enabled us to significantly improve the children’s facilities on the park as well as to improve the general appearance for the residents that surround it. Without doubt, the Park’ has been utilised far greater since the changes have taken place.’’

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We have two relatively new sites in Leicestershire and are very appreciative of the support that we have gained from the entire county, but specifically those in the near vicinity of our functioning sites. We very much consider ourselves a community business, and wherever we can, will always try to help in any which way with initiatives such as this.’’

Stump continues: ‘’The results have been fantastic and in such a short space of time. I’m certain that the facility will be a valuable addition to the village for many years to come.’’