Play park plan for Epworth centre

Community event.
Community event.

Plans for a new play area in Epworth are moving ahead, with efforts to procure funding.

Youngsters from the town stated their case for play equipment for older children, to town councillors at their recent meeting.

The town council agreed support for such a project, to include pathway access at Kings Head Croft, and is to re-investigate the issue and begin applying for suitable grants.

The cost of the whole scheme was estimated at between £50-60,000 by Coun Ros Whittaker, to include £35,000 for the play equipment itself.

Coun Hall spoke of the issue with dog walkers using and messing up Church Lane, saying it is not fit to use as access with the expense of a wheelchair ramp. Coun Bob Fish added that pushchairs would also need to use the route.

Former deputy chair of the town council Jonathan Whittaker addressed the meeting as “the original drive behind the project”. He said it was always the intention to provide play areas for both younger children and older ones, as “it is important to be inclusive to all, and there is nothing for 10 to 15 year olds to do.”

He added: “I urge the town council to support the community and my past work in the creation of a new play area and access path.”

Youngsters from the town spoke up about the need for a place to go for their age group, saying they needed play equipment that was “a bit of a challenge”.