Boost for Norfolk village as work is to be begin on bringing play area back up to scratch
- Credit: Tony Timmins
A village playground is to be given a new lease of life, after its parish council secured the funds to renovate it.
In recent years, the playground and playing field in Langley with Hardley, near Loddon, had grown dated and suffered to the elements, leaving it worse for wear.
However, work will soon begin to bring it back up to scratch, in a project which will see the addition of new equipment to replace the existing apparatus, which has been described by parish councillors as 'shabby'.
The project, which is to cost in the region of £23,000, will see the play area provided with a zip wire, play trail and a slide tower, in addition to exercise equipment for adults and teenagers to use.
The work will be the final stage of a three year plan set out by Langley with Hardley Parish Council and is hoped to receive a grand opening in spring.
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Tony Timmins, vice chairman of the parish council, said: 'Being opposite the village hall, the playing field has the potential to become a real central hub of the village, as the hall is it's main focal point.
'The parish is quite spread out and is a few miles from the nearest amenities - it has no shop, no post office, and the only pub closed several years ago, so these enhancements will significantly improve community activity within the parish.'
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While the parish council itself provided some of the cost, a significant amount was also courtesy of donations and grants from other organisations.
The largest part came as the council secured a grant of £18,413 from WREN as part of its landfill communities fund - while additional funds were also provided by South Norfolk Council's eastern rivers neighbourhood area fund and the Adnams Charity.
The project began two years ago, when a football goal was added, before funds from Adnams Charity allowed for the replacement of the swings in 2016.
Mr Timmins added: 'I think it is going to be quite a boost for a Norfolk village such as ourselves.
'These things can often be a long process, so the council will be delighted when work is completed.'