Village playground to get overhaul

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NEW play equipment could soon be installed at the community centre in Whaplode Drove.

Plans have been put forward to South Holland District Council showing what equipment could be put in place at the Elizabethan Centre in Parsons Lane.

Community centre secretary Stephen Stapenhill-Hunt said: “After many years of effort, the playground and centre opened in the early 1970s.

“By 2007, the playground was tired, several items of equipment failed to meet the safety standards required and regrettably a large proportion of the playground was removed.”

Since then, Mr Stapenhill-Hunt says about £7,000 has been raised as part of a playground refurbishment programme.

The money has been spent on refurbishing the swings and hill slide, while new equipment includes a see-saw, toddlers’ rocker, rocking log and log walk.

Mr Stapenhill-Hunt says the equipment will be on the site of the old playground.

Concerns have been raised by a neighbour about potential noise, lack of privacy and anti-social behaviour as a result of the refurbishment.

A decision is due to be made later this month.

Mr Stapenhill-Hunt added: “We welcome support and involvement whether it be time, money or ideas – no amount is too large or small.”

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