Work begins on site of new play area for South Lynn

A new play area is taking shape on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area, in South Lynn.

Work is under way on the site, off Wisbech Road, after councillors and residents staged a ground breaking ceremony last week.

The �100,000 play area is the latest development in the NORA project which has seen a range of partners working to develop the 120-acre former Muckworks site.

The land for the project became available after government funding allowed a drain to be diverted, freeing up three sections for in-filling.

The play area, which is next to the newly-opened football pitch and St Michael's Primary School, will include modern play equipment including hurricane swings, climbing equipment and a trampoline.

There will also be seating and planting so energetic youngsters and parents can take a breather between activities.

A �45,000 grant from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd.), a �49,000 grant from Groundwork UK and Big Lottery Fund's Community Spaces programme, as well as funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and West Norfolk council has been used to buy equipment for the playground, which opens in May.

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Richard Searle, West Norfolk council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: 'It is really satisfying to have reached this stage in the ambitious NORA project.

'Elements like the play area are the culmination of much hard work by the NORA partners. I'm looking forward to its opening later in the year and hope that new and existing residents will enjoy it.'