Merton Council was one of just 30 councils in the UK to successfully bid for pathfinder status – meaning it scooped a total of £2.5 million from the government’s children, schools and families department (DCSF) to pay for new play equipment.
The first stage – to create six new play areas in Priory Close, Moffat Court, Poplar Court, Hatfeild Mead, Marsh Court and the Beeches – will soon be underway. Each play area has been allocated £50,000 by the council for its refurbishment, which will include spending money on landscaping and artwork.
Residents and their children are all being involved in setting out the specifications for the new playgrounds. Their feedback on the proposals will be the deciding factor in choosing the final playground designs. Work on all the play areas should be finished in time for the new year.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for housing and community services Councillor Linda Scott said: “We are committed to putting the needs of all our children first and this includes making sure every child benefits from the opportunity to take part in stimulating outdoor play activities.
“I am therefore delighted we are able to deliver these refurbished play areas for the council’s tenants, leaseholders and their families to enjoy. As well as enhancing the appearance of the local area, the new playgrounds will be a fantastic way for families to spend quality time together without it costing them a penny.”
Consultation days at each of the estates start this weekend and run to the end of July and residents are invited to attend to help choose a design for the new play areas.
· Poplar Court Saturday 18 July, 11am-1pm
· Moffat Court Saturday 18 July, 3pm-5pm
· Hatfield Mead Thursday 23 July, 3pm-5pm
· The Beeches Friday 24 July, 3pm-5pm
· Priory Close Saturday 25 July, 11am-1pm
· Marsh Court Saturday 25 July, 3pm-5pm.