Hessle play areas to be given £288,000 redevelopment

Mon, 18 Jul 2022

Four play areas in Hessle are to be given a major overhaul worth £288,000.

Hessle Mill play area, First Lane play area, War Memorial Tower Hill play area and Tranby Park play area are all to be redeveloped and fitted with new equipment.

The four Hessle 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.

Hessle Mill play area has been awarded £130,000 - comprising of £60,000 from the council and £70,000 from commuted sums.

Improvements to the play area will see a bridge trail, play panels, talk tubes and an inclusive springer in the toddler play area, plus binoculars and an information board at the top of the existing mound to look out to the Humber Bridge.

In the junior area there will be a combination swing, a hip-hop spinning see-saw, a rope swing and multi-play unit installed.

The works will be completed by council contractor Proludic and are due to be carried out in August.

First Lane play area will receive £65,000 - comprising of £6,500 from the council and £58,500 from commuted sums.

Work will include a new unfenced multi-use games area, an inclusive pod swing, a turnfly rotating swing, a vitality station and a high-level seating area.

This project has been initiated by The Friends of First Lane, Hessle.

War Memorial Tower Hill play area will receive £78,600 from commuted sums.

This project will be led by Hessle Town Council.

Tranby Park play area will also receive investment of £15,000 from the council, to replace the existing safety surfacing.

Councillor Chris Matthews, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: "These four play areas in Hessle were chosen for improvement because they were getting old and the equipment needed to brought up to date."

Councillor Claire Holmes, the council's portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, said: "We involved local residents and people who use the play areas in the designs of the council play areas, and they wanted the new sites to cater for more ages and abilities, be inclusive for all youngsters, which these are.

"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."