Rundown play area to receive major re-vamp

The play area in Walcott as it was.

The play area in Walcott as it was.

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A dilapidated children’s play area in a village near Sleaford is to benefit from a five-figure revamp thanks to the efforts of a group of local parents.

The site in Castle View, Walcott, is to be transformed following a successful application for funding to WREN by the Walcott Community Group.

WREN has agreed to provide £75,000 towards the project, which originally was expected to cost £87,000, but following a discount by the manufacturers, now comes in at £79,926.

It follows a swift fundrasing drive by the group, with more than £13,000 being amassed in just six months.

Secretary David Kyle said: “We are obviously pretty ecstatic.”

He added: “There were times when we thought it was an impossible task.”

In order to be eligible for the £75,000 grant, the group had to raise 11 per cent of the sum themselves - £8,250 - in third party funding. However, it only had six weeks to do so.

This was because the grant would come through WREN’s Landfill Communities Fund, which is only open to communities within 10 miles of an FCC Environment landfill site.

Walcott’s nearest such site was at Kirkby on Bain Household Waste Recycling Centre, but this had recently closed introducing the tight time limit.

This the group achieved, before its members then secured the shortfall of £4,926 through donations and parish council support.

The old equipment has already been removed and work on site is expected to begin early next month ready for the official opening on Sunday, July 12, from 2-4pm.

Cutting the ribbon on the day will be Commonwealth gold medallist, Boston boxer Callum Johnson.

There will be food, drink, children’s entertainment, and live music. It is free to attend.