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Local people award £140,000 to exercise schemes - 05.06.09

Two projects promoting physical activity in parks are to receive over £140,000 of funding from the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee.

At a packed public meeting this week committee members approved a £110,000 scheme to refurbish and improve sports areas and provide a new wheels and ramp facility for skateboarders and bikers in Roundshaw Park. It followed a consultation in which over 400 young people told the committee what they wanted to do in the park.

A further £30,000 was awarded to a project in Beddington Park that will deliver off-road cycling sessions for families, including those with disabled children.

Local parents were asked what could be done to encourage their families to cycle more often, for leisure, fitness or as an alternative way to travel. The project, to be run by Carshalton charity EcoLocal, has been designed in response with the money paying for bikes and equipment, including special cycles for disabled riders.

Chair of the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee, Cllr Jayne McCoy, said:

"I'm delighted that both projects have been approved, as both were designed in response to what local people told us what they wanted to see.

"It's also great that the facilities in Roundshaw and Beddington Parks will promote activity and exercise, encouraging people of all ages to get out in the open air and stay fit and healthy.

"The local committee has now allocated over £400,000 towards projects in our parks and public spaces that local people asked for."

Each of the borough's six local committees has been allocated a share of £2m of funding from Sutton Council to spend on improvements to their local area.

Last updated: Monday, 08 June 2009

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