Carlton-in-Lindrick: Play area to re-open on Wednesday after £45,000 revamp

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A play area in Carlton-in-Lindrick which has had a £45,000 revamp will be officially opened tomorrow.

Chairman of Notts County Council, Coun Sybil Fielding, will cut the ribbon at the Lime Tree Park, just off Lime Tree Avenue, with children and parents in attendance.

The play area has undergone a major transformation, thanks to the county council’s Supporting Local Communities (SLC) scheme, in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council.

The £45,000 revamp has included: Removal of a tree and its roots; Refurbishment and re-hanging of the existing gate and the provision of a second gate; Resurfacing and graphics; Play equipment including anti-wrap cradle swing for toddlers; anti-wrap flat swing for juniors; Lottery play panel; speed gyro; four-seat spring seesaw and a Diabolo multi-play unit.

There is also a balance trail and stepping heads to test children’s co-ordination skills, a climbing hut with seating and shelter and “talk tubes” for social play.

“The Supporting Local Communities fund is an exciting opportunity for local people to make a real difference in their community,” said Coun Jim Creamer, chairman of the county council’s environment and sustainability committee.

“The previous LIS fund helped deliver hundreds of worthwhile schemes throughout the county and this is continuing, albeit on a smaller scale, with the Supporting Local Communities fund.

“And I am particularly pleased that this financial year we are on course to deliver 25 projects, compared with 12 last year.”

Pupils from Kingston Park School will be taking part in the official opening by giving the play equipment their seal of approval.

Launched in 2013, the SLC fund replaced the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), and helps residents deliver projects which offer environmental, economic and community benefits to their local areas.

The SLC fund has £500,000 at its disposal and supports a wide range of community-based schemes, from improving play parks to new allotment sites or a bandstand refurbishment. Successful applicants could receive as much as £50,000 towards their scheme.