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People power brings new playground to Collingwood - 03.07.09

Local children have something to celebrate after the completion of a brand new playground in Collingwood Recreation Ground.

Funded by Sutton Local Committee, the playground boasts swings, a roundabout and a fantastic pirate ship climbing frame, all in shade of nearby trees. The project is the final part of a £150,000 scheme to improve facilities at the recreation ground, funded by the council and led by local people.

Regular meetings of the local committee and friends groups decided where the funds would be spent, with a new skate park and multiuse football/basketball court also attracting funding.

Local young people were at the heart of the decision making process, with a groundbreaking meeting convened last year to listen to their concerns around anti-social behaviour and their ideas about how to improve the area.

The new facilities provide activities for all ages and it is hoped will encourage more people to enjoy the green spaces on their doorstep. Regular patrols by the parks police and safer neighbourhood teams will ensure the grounds remain a safe place to play and relax.

Cllr Janet Lowne, Chair of the Sutton Local Committee said,

"I'm absolutely delighted with the new playground and skate park. Our aim was to encourage people of all ages to come together and enjoy this fantastic green space on their doorstep and the playground has already made a big difference. The facilities have given a new life to the park and are already proving a hit with local children.

"Co-operation between the local committee and the Friends group made this project possible and I'd like to thank all those who came along to have their say. It really shows how residents can influence local services for the better."

The next meeting of the Sutton local committee is on Thursday 24 September at 7.30pm at the Civic Offices in Sutton. For more information contact Richard Shortman, Democratic Services Manager, on 020 8770 5120.

Last updated: Monday, 06 July 2009

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