Plans to improve accessibility of Beaconsfield playground in Great Yarmouth given committe thumbs up

An example of the type of playground equipment hoped to be added to Beaconsfield play area. Picture:

An example of the type of playground equipment hoped to be added to Beaconsfield play area. Picture: PoNY - Credit: Picture: PoNY

A campaign to give a playground an inclusive new makeover has taken a big leap forward, after a council committee unanimously voted to support it.

Plans for Beaconsfield Play Area included in PoNY's report Picture: PoNY

Plans for Beaconsfield Play Area included in PoNY's report Picture: PoNY - Credit: Picture: PoNY

People of North Yarmouht (PoNY) is looking to give the play area in Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth a complete overhaul to make it more accessible to children with disabilities - a project that could cost more than £85,000.

The group has a wish list of equipment it wishes to add to the site, and at a meeting of the Yarmouth Area Committee on Tuesday evening, members voted unanimously to press on with fundraising.

The first addition to the project has already been accounted for, with the project receiving a £10,000 community grant from Tesco, which is to be put towards a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

Paula Waters-Bunn, councillor and chairman of PoNY said: 'It is coming up to 2017 and there is no inclusive area in the borough for children to play.

Plans for Beaconsfield Play Area included in PoNY's report Picture: PoNY

Plans for Beaconsfield Play Area included in PoNY's report Picture: PoNY - Credit: Picture: PoNY


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'We are spending millions on the waterways and the boating lake, yet these plans are not inclusive. Beaconsfield is right in the middle of this area, so this would open up the area up to everbody.'

PoNY is hoping to secure a capital funding of £14,600 to put towards the project, which it would plan to put towards flat and cradle swings, a rocking horse, bay swings, a sling shot and a seesaw.

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It is also hoping to add further pieces of equipment to improve accessibility of the park, including stepping stones, balance beams and a boat swing.

Mick Castle of Norfolk County Council commended the campaign, saying: 'This outlines how community groups can make a difference.'

Having received the committee's vote of confidence, the project will now be placed on a future council agenda, as it looks to move forward.

The new roundabout is likely to be installed in early 2017, costing £9,494.15.

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