New skate park and play area

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A NEW £242,000 play area will be built in Daventry to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The plans for New Street Rec include a new park for young children which will be built on the former bowls club. It will also see a new concrete skate park to replace the existing ramps on the Rec.

Daventry District Council (DDC) has earmarked £130,000 from its open spaces budget for the recreational facilities.

The total project is expected to cost £242,000 with funding also coming from Daventry Town Council, Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, Daventry and District Housing and Money For Youth.

A consultation on the play area will be held over the coming weeks and people are being encouraged to give their views.

Daventry’s young leader Joe Paterson, 17, said: “This is something that’s definitely needed. A lot of my friends have been working to get a new skate park there for a long time and it will be brilliant for the town and young people, especially with the amount of talent we have.

“It’s important now that young people are consulted about what they want there, otherwise what’s the point in building it?”

DDC ward members councillors Chris Over and Deanna Eddon have been supporting the project for the past two years.

Cllr Over said: “We believe that the proposed new play area and skate park is an entirely appropriate way to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and also the Olympics.”

Cllr Alan Hills, portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure, added: “Both the ramps and existing play equipment at the New Street Rec are nearing the end of their useful lives so this project provides a great opportunity to mark the Jubilee with some much-needed improvements.

“We are now holding a public consultation to get the views of local users and residents so they can become actively involved with the development of the park. This is an exciting opportunity for all age groups to shape the future of play in your town.”

People can find out more about the plans and give their comments at the following times and locations:

n Monday, July 23: Daventry Country Park – 10am-2pm (Visitors Centre & Playground).

n Tuesday, July 24: New Street/Tesco car park, Daventry – 10am-2pm.

n Wednesday, July 25: Daventry Leisure Centre – 10am-3pm.

n Thursday, July 26: New Street/Tesco car park, Daventry – 10am-2pm.

n Saturday, July 28: Daventry Film Festival, Daventry Country Park – 12pm-4pm.

n Tuesday, July 31: Daventry Library – 9.30am-1.30pm.

n Wednesday, August 1: Daventry Leisure Centre – 10am-2pm.

n Thursday, August 2: New Street/Tesco car park, Daventry – 10am-2pm.

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