£50,000 windfall for recreational park plan

RESIDENTS in the Eastville, Midville and New Leake area will soon be able to enjoy a brand new recreational facility after almost £50,000 in grants were awarded to the community.

The Eastville, Midville & New Leake Playing Field Committee has been awarded full funding grants for its “Playing Field Redevelopment Project”.

The project aims to provide the community with a recreational facility that everybody can use and enjoy on the playing field behind New Leake Village Hall.

“We are going to provide inclusive play equipment for children of all ages and abilities, a sheltered seating area for the teenagers, seating and picnic areas for families to use, and static adult fitness equipment to benefit the health of older children and adults,” said a spokesperson.

The project was made possible thanks to grants of £36,920 from Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN), £8,000 from East Lindsey District Council, £3,500 from the parish council, and a further £1,000 from the Playing Field Committee through its own fundraising activities.

“We’d like to say many thanks to them all for this vital funding,” continued the spokesperson.

“We hope the equipment will be installed by the end of April and that a grand opening event will be held shortly after.

“The committee would like to thank everybody involved for their hard work in fundraising and during the grant application process,” they added,

Cheryl Raynor, WREN Grant Manager for Lincolnshire, said: “This is an exciting project and will make such a difference to the community of Eastville and the surrounding villages.

“The playing fields committee really did their homework and provided WREN with a wealth of evidence that showed that local people supported the project.

“The inclusion of volunteer labour provided value for money and impressed the WREN regional panel”.

The grants made under the Landfill Communities Fund look to improve community life by enhancing existing facilities, including play areas & village halls, as well as extended or new facilities.

WREN receives its funding from Waste Recycling Group, who operate a number of landfill sites across Lincolnshire.

Community groups requiring funding for projects should visit www.wren.org.uk or contact WREN on 01953 717165 before submitting an application.