£22k funding boost buys new play area

Children try out the new play area.
Children try out the new play area.

A new play area is to be developed in Galgate thanks to a funding boost of more than £21,000.

Ellel Parish Council is celebrating the news that it has received £21,647 from SITA Trust’s QEII Fields Fund for their project, Galgate Children’s Play Area.

SITA Trust set up the funding programme for sites that have been guaranteed legal protection for at least 99 years having been granted Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field status from Fields in Trust.

The funding will ensure that this site is the best it can be for future generations to enjoy.

The grant means much needed children’s play equipment can be bought and installed on the former horse grazing field, now the FIT Field.

This will include a swing set, a jungle climber and a rotator to cater for a range of ages from 18 months to 16 years old.

The equipment will be installed on a cushion floor. A picnic table and litter bin will also be provided.

Stephen Booth, chairman of Ellel Parish Council, said the council is thrilled to have the opportunity to improve the Recreation Field site at Galgate.

The council believes it will meet the need to provide more facilities for young people which was highlighted through the completion of the Ellel Parish Plan.

Marek Gordon, CEO and chairman of SITA Trust, added: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund.”

Helen Griffiths, chief executive of Fields in Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Ellel Parish Council has been successful in its application to receive funding through this fantastic opportunity from SITA Trust.

“The generous support that SITA Trust have already provided through their QEII Fields Fund has been hugely popular so far and it is great to see even more QEII Fields receiving substantial grants to improve their facilities, keeping their sites fit for the future.”

SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,500 projects to a combined value of more than £99m.

For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call 01454 262910 or visit www.sitatrust.org.uk.