Driffield play areas will be given £194,000 redevelopment

Thu, 14 Jul 2022

Work costing £194,000 is due to begin this month on the redevelopment of three play areas in Driffield.

Play areas in Northend Park, Allotment Lane and St Margaret's Close will be given major overhauls and be fitted with brand new equipment.

The improvement scheme will begin with the installation of an artificial football pitch and redesigned play area at Northend Park along with new play equipment at Allotment Lane.

The three Driffield sites are part of a £1.1m project to revamp play areas across the East Riding, with the majority of work being carried out at sites in need of redevelopment in Beverley, Driffield, Cottingham, Hessle and Swinefleet, near Goole.

The major investment has come jointly from East Riding of Yorkshire Council and from funds provided by developers, who are required to give money to benefit communities as part of new housing developments they build - which is called commuted sums.

Northend Park has been awarded £100,000 - comprising of £20,000 funding from the council and £80,000 from commuted sums.

Improvements to Northend Park will see the installation of a multi-sports/football pitch with an artificial surface and low fencing, to replace the existing football pitch which often became muddy especially in the goal areas because of regular use.

The play area will also see the installation of an inclusive roundabout, a new replacement four tower multi-unit, a Cocowave swing and a zip line running next to the path.

The improvement works will be carried out by council contractor Kompan, and are due to begin this month.

Allotment Lane Play Area is to receive £43,000 - all from the council.

Improvements there will include refurbishing the existing swings and safety surfacing, installing a new toddler adventure tower, a new basket swing, an inclusive roundabout and a tic-tac-toe panel. The path through the play area will also include an alphabet trail.

Works at Allotment Lane is due to start this month and will be carried out by council contractor Hags.

St Margaret's Close play area, which is run by Driffield Town Council play area, has received £43,686 from commuted sums, following an application from the town council.

Driffield Town Council will be leading the project and is putting £6,534 towards the refurbishment. The friends of St Margaret's Play Area have also raised £1,000 towards the £51,220 total cost of the project.

The revamp at the St Margaret's Close site will include the installation of new play panels, two flat swings and a basket swing, an inclusive roundabout and a small trampoline.

Councillor Chris Matthews, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: "These three play areas in Driffield were chosen for redevelopment because of their age and the equipment they had really needed to be refreshed and brought up to date."

Councillor Claire Holmes, the council's portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, said: "Local residents and users of the play areas have been involved in the new designs and they wanted the new sites to cater for more ages and abilities, which these schemes do.

"Once the work is complete, the new-look play areas will become much more exciting and challenging places for local children and families to enjoy."