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Plans to finally create a Gedney Hill play and exercise area

A campaign has been launched to bring play equipment to a village which currently has no facilities.

Youngsters in Gedney Hill and its surrounding villages have to travel to play areas as their playing field currently does not contain any equipment.

Now councillors are working with parents and other villagers to campaign for greater funding to install play and exercise equipment to the village children and adults.

Gedney Hill playing field (46559870)
Gedney Hill playing field (46559870)

A survey is running to find out what people in the villages would like to see on the playing field, which is behind the Gedney Hill Primary School.

One of the people behind the campaign is Paul Redgate, who sits on Gedney Hill Parish and South Holland District Councils.

Coun Redgate said: “We have a playing field but we don’t have anything in terms of equipment for children in the community.

“We are one of the largest rural settlements in South Holland that has no provision for children.

“I am not saying we are forgotten but we are trying to work with the district council and Lincolnshire County Council to join with us to get something.

“I want to challenge organisations like Sport England to work with us to try to provide something for the children.”

The village playing field did have a slide but the parish council was forced to remove this as it become rusty.

One of the nearest play areas to the Gedney Hill, Holbeach Drove and Throckenholt, is Crowland, which would require crossing the busy A16.

A committee has now been formed to help lobby for improvements and apply for fundraising bids to bring about improvements to the village’s playing field.

Coun Redgate said: “We are not just looking at play equipment but adult outdoor sports equipment.

“When you loot at where we are, the nearest place in terms of play equipment is Crowland and you can’t just get on a bike and ride there.

“I also want to create an outdoor community space with picnic benches so families can sit out and take a picnic.

“It is not just the residents but they have families. We are an ageing community and this will be a place for grandparents to take their children. This would benefit Gedney Hill, Holbeach Drove and Throckenholt those are the areas around that would benefit from it.”

l If you would like to join or support the committee please contact Coun Redgate on 07718 214818.

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