NEW PLAY FACILITIES IN WAINSCOTT
[ August 2013 ]
The new play facilities in Wainscott were opened on 2nd August 2013 by Mark Reckless MP (above, back row, 2nd left) and by Cllr Josie Isles, Mayor of Medway (above, back row, centre). Sited on two recreation areas in the parish, proceedings started with Cllr Josie Isles, Mayor of Medway, cutting the ribbon on the new play equipment for toddlers on the Wainscott Recreation Ground at the rear of the Memorial Hall in Holly Road. Also taking part in the ceremony were Cllr David Coomber, Chairman of the Parish Council (above, back row, left), Ms Christine Evans of National Grid (above, back row 2nd right) and Mr James Moody (above, back row, right) MD of Crest Nicholson.
Guests were then shuttled by The Villager community minibus to Wainscott Fields, the area of open space by the “Liberty Park” development. A multi-use games area has been installed, together with a play area comprising equipment for children of all ages. Here the ribbon was cut by Mark Reckless, attended by the Mayor, Parish Council Chairman and the MD of Crest Nicholson, who all said a few words. Park Leisure Ltd, the manufacturer, had engaged Francis Vu to entertain guests and members of the public. Francis is a freestyle footballer and he gave a demonstration and workshop with some of the local children who had congregated to see what was going on.
For some time the PC wanted to provide a ball court in the parish. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough space on the Recreation Ground and the cost was considerable. A specific reserve could have been built up, but this would have taken some years.
We were made aware of a grant being made available by Sport England that was to promote the Olympic Legacy and 70% of the total fund was to be made available to parish councils. The Adizone Buzz multi use games area, or “MUGA”, was one of the items that could be bid for. Maximum bids for any project were £50,000. If we were successful, this meant the cost would be more attainable.
Having decided to try to go for it, the next thing that had to be resolved was the site. We knew that the Crest Nicholson development included a large public open space, which seemed the ideal location. We therefore approached Crest Nicholson for permission to site the MUGA on this space. On meeting them, we discovered that the provision of a ball court was part of the planning conditions, along with a play area. The parish was then offered the entire public open space and this has now been transferred into the PC’s ownership. We have now named it “Wainscott Fields”. An application was made to Sport England for £45,000 with Crest Nicholson contributing £25,000 and the PC £5,000. At the same time the developer worked with the PC over the other play equipment, which has been provided by Crest as part of their planning conditions.
Separately the PC was also looking to install specialised play equipment for the under 5s in its play park on the Recreation Ground behind the Memorial Hall in Holly Road. National Grid had a community fund and we were delighted when they awarded us the maximum of £2,000 towards it. Crest Nicholson has kindly given £6,000 and the remainder of the cost has come from Medway Council’s Rural Liaison Grant and the Parish Council.
Using developer contribution money for community facilities the PC has been able to build a new parish room at the rear of the hall, which is compliant with the Disability discrimination Act, unlike their former room upstairs. Crest Nicholson has again helped us by funding new tables and chairs for the room.
The Parish Council has enjoyed the partnership working with the developer and others and hopes that the new facilities, which have enhanced the provision for recreation in the parish, will be much enjoyed in the future. We have noticed young people playing on the new equipment already and have received good reports. We would now like to put some outdoor gym equipment on the Wainscott Fields site, but will have to start saving up. Any sponsorship would be most welcome.
Frindsbury Extra Parish Council secures £45,000
from sporting legacy fund
Frindsbury Extra Parish Council has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.
Frindsbury Extra Parish Council will receive £45,000 of National Lottery funding to provide a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Crest Nicholson’s Liberty Park development in Wainscott. The new play area will be set within 10 acres of open space at Liberty Park and will include a children’s playground. Furthermore, Crest Nicholson is adding to the funds and will provide the play equipment, such as swings, a roundabout and a climbing frame. The multi-use games area is scheduled to open in November this year.
The open space is being transferred to the Parish Council, who will manage it for the future. The funding will provide this much-needed facility for local residents and will complement the existing outdoor leisure facilities provided on the Recreation Ground by the Parish Council, who are also making a financial contribution.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Wainscott. This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Medway. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”
James Moody, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Eastern, said: “Crest Nicholson is delighted to be able to support this excellent community initiative which will give youngsters the opportunity for focused play and sport. The Parish Council should be congratulated at being able to secure such a high level of funding to create an enduring physical and community legacy.”
Parish Council Chairman David Coomber, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can make a significant enhancement to the leisure and sporting facilities we provide in the parish. We are especially pleased that it will bequeath a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics for our parishioners.”
Local MP Mark Reckless said: “I would like to congratulate Frindsbury Extra Parish Council and its chairman David Coomber on their great success in obtaining this substantial grant of £45,000 for this exciting facility at Liberty Park. It is a piece of really good news for Liberty Park and its residents to celebrate together as a community.”
Frindsbury Extra Parish Council’s MUGA is one of hundreds of projects across England benefiting from lottery investment through the second round of the Inspired Facilities fund. And Sport England today launched a further £10 million funding round to help local community sports groups to upgrade their facilities. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities. Bids will be accepted from 23 July 2012.
Places People Play is being delivered by Sport England, working partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.
LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe, said: “This is a fantastic funding project that will deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Games. It will provide a whole range of sporting opportunities for young people through improved facilities and will I hope inspire them to take up sport.”
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