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Delight for residents as play area reopens at new location after refurbishment project

PUBLISHED: 15:11 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:53 10 April 2018

The opening of the new play area at Whiting Road in Lowestoft, Picture: Orwell Housing Association.

The opening of the new play area at Whiting Road in Lowestoft, Picture: Orwell Housing Association.

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A new play area has been unveiled at a housing estate in Lowestoft following calls from parents to relocate the existing facility.

The opening of the new play area at Whiting Road in Lowestoft, Picture: Orwell Housing Association.The opening of the new play area at Whiting Road in Lowestoft, Picture: Orwell Housing Association.

Sunrise Park, which was named by a local youngster in a competition run by Orwell Housing Association, has been opened in Whiting Road.

The area’s existing children’s play park was in need of refurbishment and parents had also raised concerns about it being situated in a busy part of the estate.

Debbie Pryke, housing officer at Orwell Housing Association, which manages the estate, said: “It was suggested that we consult with the community about moving the play area as many of the young parents were concerned about the location. The option was to move it to an unused walled area at the centre of the estate, which was subsequently chosen.

“We also carried out a survey as to what sort of equipment residents would like to see in the new play area. Funding was secured from Orwell Housing Association but there was still a shortfall in funds to secure the communities full wish list of equipment.”

Working closely with the Whiting Road residents’ group, quotes for the new play area were gathered and a request for funding from Oulton Parish Council was approved. This meant that the majority of the equipment the group wanted could be purchased.

The play area was officially opened by Oulton Broad councillors John Grist, Jane Murray and Len Jacklin, with Bev Altham, chairman of the residents group, cutting the ribbon.

And as the new play area is part walled, another project has now been planned to get funding for the young people of the estate to work with an artist to produce artwork for the walls.

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