Stockton play areas get £1.1m cash injection

The Government's play programme announced earlier this year is already giving benefits to Stockton Borough following a £1.1m boost to their play areas.

Stockton Council is planning to improve, extend or create between 20 and 25 play areas thanks to a successful bid for the Department for Children, Schools and Families' Playbuilder programme.

The authority is now looking for ideas from groups and individuals of what play spaces they would like to see improved or extended over the next three years.

Ideas need to be submitted to the council by November 14 and could include proposals for a particular park or green space, or general ideas about a local area.

The council would also like to hear from organisations prepared to deliver projects from start to finish using the available funding.

Detailed designs for a new play space at Ingleby Barwick's Romano Park are being drawn up following appointment of contractor The Play Practice, from Stirling.

The Play Practice, from Stirling, was chosen as the contractor to design and build Romano Park after potential contractors gave presentations to residents, children, councillors and other interested people.

Once the detailed designs have been drawn up over the next six weeks by the council's landscape team it is hoped work will start on the park in January and will be completed by the spring and ready to use in the summer of 2009.

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