Crich play area improvements get green light

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A project to completely overhaul the play area on Crich Recreation Ground can go ahead thanks to the Veolia Environmental Trust.

The waste management company has awarded the park £50,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund to revamp the play space with new equipment suitable for a wide age range.

A spokesman said: “The new equipment will replace the current rusting and rotting pieces, some of which are more than 30 years old, and provide new opportunities for adventurous, fun play with an acceptable level of risk.

“The current play equipment does not provide the challenge and excitement of the innovative items to be installed.”

The grant is one of 27 awarded by the Veolia Environmental Trust board to community and environmental projects in England, with a grant total of over £860,000.

The organisation will now start working with The PLACE Project to finalise the scheme’s details, including its start date, so that work can begin as soon as possible.

Paul Yorke, chairman of The PLACE Project, said: “This grant is fantastic news for Crich. The new innovative play equipment it will fund will help inspire and challenge children and young people in an outdoor environment. We cannot wait to see it installed and in use.”

Paul Taylor, executive director of the Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “The PLACE Project must be congratulated on securing this grant.

“We considered a record number of applications during this round, so this project managed to succeed in a verycompetitive environment. We look forward to seeing work start.”