Play park upgrade boosts family fun in Bourne

Two popular play areas have been refurbished after developers chipped in thousands of pounds as part of the planning process.

Local councillors, South Kesteven District Council staff and the town council have worked closely with the developers of two major projects to help improve the local area and bring some family fun to parts of Bourne.

The result is bright new children's play equipment at the Pinewood Close and Northfields play areas.

SKDC's Bourne West Councillor Helen Crawford worked with Bourne East Councillor Philip Knowles and Town Council Clerk Ian Sismey to bring the project to fruition - and all the apparatus is fully open to play on.

Cllr Crawford said: "We are delighted to have supported this refurbishment project and pleased this funding was earmarked to provide facilities for children. We have been looking forward to seeing it come together and expect it to be well used."

Cllr Knowles added: "I am very pleased to have been involved in bringing two bright, modern playground improvements to Bourne.

"They will help keep younger residents occupied during their spare time and provide somewhere to meet up and socialise in the fresh air. I am sure the improvements will be enjoyed for many years to come."

Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, SKDC's Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, said: "The equipment for this welcome initiative was identified and sourced by SKDC's corporate operations staff who ensured that the finished result supports our ambition as a council to develop healthy communities."

The Pinewood Close improvements include a spinning bowl, springy seesaw, cradle swing and new bench alongside the existing climbing frame and slide. Northfields Play Area additions comprise a springy bike, spinning bowl, cradle swing and multi-play junior climbing equipment to complement the existing bench, red climber and slide.

The £23,320 developers' contribution was triggered by developments at Southfield Business Park on Falcon Way and at Manning Road in Bourne.  This money was secured through Section 106 agreements (s106), a legal obligation to mitigate the impact of new building work. Usually, a financial contribution towards play equipment nearby is provided as an alternative to making play provision within a new development itself. SKDC has contributed towards installation and maintenance.

Cllr Nick Robins, Cabinet Member for Planning and Planning Policy, added: "SKDC is working hard to ensure developers mitigate the effects of new development by contributing to local projects and securing improvements through s106 money as part of the town planning process. Our Corporate Plan vision is to be the best district in which to live, work, study and visit. Our positive action helps make this a reality."