Campaigners swing into action for play area

Volunteers on an earlier clean-up
Volunteers on an earlier clean-up

Residents have been working hard so their children can play hard at a popular play area.

The Friends of Calder Park have received a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All to pay for new and exciting play equipment, including a zip-line, cantilever swing and a roundabout.

Burnley Borough Council is working with the group as part of the authority’s borough-wide green space strategy. Local councillors have also supported the initiative through the Ward Opportunities Fund.

Coun. John Harbour, the council’s executive member for housing and environment, said: “We’re pleased to be working with residents to help develop the play area. They have local knowledge and know what’s needed there.

"For example it was found through consultation with local residents and schools that something needed to be done for older children as the play area tended to be aimed at younger ones. That’s now being addressed.”

The scheme also includes installing new goal posts on the grassed area and synthetic grass goal mouths.

The Friends of Calder Park have also been selected by the Big Lottery Fund People’s Project 2018 to submit a video about their ambitions for a chance to win up to £50,000. The group has produced a short video which outlines their plans for the park and if the project is shortlisted a more detailed proposal will be submitted.

In April 2018, shortlisted projects will be featured on TV followed by a public vote in each region. The projects with the most votes will secure lottery funding