Grant to help park recover from arson

Rick Vivian
Rick Vivian

A village play park hit by 
arsonists has received a cash boost from Daventry District Council to help in its redevelopment.

Long Buckby Children’s Recreation Ground Committee was awarded a capital grant of £14,870 to help fund the first phase of redeveloping the park, off Station Road in the village.

The grant will be aimed at the under fives, and will help fund new play equipment, seating and landscaping.

Two years ago wooden play equipment in the park was set alight, leading to a new plan for the park being unveiled earlier this year.

The £125,000 plan included a flexi-swing, jungle trial and exercise equipment, aimed at young children through to adults.

Rick Vivian, treasurer of the committee, said: “We’re immensely grateful to have received the grant.

“Last year we raised money to get what we already had up to scratch, and this year we unveiled plans to develop and improve the park. That will cost something like £125,000 and take three years if we’re ambitious.

“We’ve worked closely with Wicksteed Leisure on the plans and presented them to the village. We think the plans offer something for most people. This grant is for the first phase of that work.

“The only issue is that we have to match the funding from the council, so we’re still raising money and looking for sponsors to help us.”

In this round of grants, the Friends of Daventry Country Park also received £2,700 towards a new bird hide on the water’s edge off Lovell Bay on the reservoir.