Weldon Play Area
The rapidly expanding village of Weldon and its younger generation of residents have an extra reason to smile this half-term, as the unveiling of its new ‘Play Area’ on Rose Avenue has occurred.
Thanks to a generous donation of £18,000 from local Construction business Mick George Ltd, this £45,000 co-funded initiative is now complete, with children of all age-categories instantly benefitting.
The apparatus installed have revitalised the dilapidated equipment previously in use, featuring many impressive, yet entertaining elements. As well as your conventional climbing frames, basket swings, fireman’s pole, slides and cargo nets, there are levitating and rotating open-air swings, plus a 30yd zip-wire in place.
The destination is hugely popular owing largely to the nearby Weldon CE Primary School, which see’s many of its pupils and parents congregate at the site after a day of education.
The new ‘Park’ amounted as a result of various consultation processes conducted during 2015. These included a village survey to approximately 600 households, workshop sessions and ‘polls’ held at local schools and youth clubs.
Equally, this suburb of Corby has a number of housing developments surrounding its boundary, which are creating extra need for additional amenities. Most notably this includes the Weldon Lakes scheme, part of Priors Hall Park, one of the UK’s largest home build projects, set on 1200 acres of parkland to form 5,095 homes in the next 15 years.
This is the second bout of generosity to the village of Weldon of late, following a grant to the Cricket Club earlier this year which permitted new Wicket Covers and Boundary Ropes.
John Walker, Councillor at Weldon Parish Council said: ‘’The need for the project was undoubted and the results have been tremendous. The sheer volume of children using the park brings enormous satisfaction to those involved. The facility has attracted many visitors from all over the parish and beyond, who hadn’t previously visited. We’re extremely grateful to Mick George Ltd for their support.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We have helped to create a number of play facilities with our ‘Community Fund’, all of which have received fantastic feedback. I’m sure that it will be no different in this instance.‘’
Stump Continued: ‘’The population of Weldon and the adjacent neighbourhoods are increasing expediently, and it’s good to see those who can influence, are proactively looking to satisfy the demands that will be inevitably arise due to a growing residency.’’