Holbeach play area to have five new pieces of equipment
Hundreds of families in Holbeach can look forward to seeing five new pieces of play equipment installed near their homes.
Three swings, a slide with climbing frame and "donkey rocker" have been ordered for Netherfield play area, off Hallgate, in a £13,500 deal for the town.
But council tax payers will not be picking up the bill for the play equipment which is funded instead by developer's cash that was originally meant for a 38-home development in nearby Oxford Gardens.
David Boyce, clerk of Holbeach Parish Council which has ordered the play equipment, said: "We're working hard to provide families in Holbeach with more facilities for them to use without charge.
"In order to do this, we've had to maximise people's money and this has taken a lot of hard work to get us to this point.
"The money for the play equipment hasn't come out of the council tax precept but rather through a developer's agreement for the Oxford Gardens development after it became clear there was nowhere on the site where play equipment could go."
Details of the investment into Netherfield were first revealed in our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, in August after an offer of second-hand play equipment from Castor Parish Council, near Peterborough, was turned down.
The new play equipment has been backed by the Friends of Holbeach Parks (FoHP), a charity set up three years ago to raise money for improvements to Netherfield and Carter's Park.
FoHP co-founder and parish councillor Kelly Wilson said: "I joined the parish council because I wanted to improve play facilities for children and their families in Holbeach.
"Last summer, FoHP did a survey of people in the Netherfield area, as well as children from William Stukeley Primary School, and the feedback we got suggested that people wanted new swings for the play area.
"We're also looking at other areas of Netherfields that we can develop because there's huge potential there and we want families to be able to use the play area for free."