Children get the go-ahead to play

Youngsters in Hellesdon can now enjoy their new play equipment after months of being able to see it but not use it.

The equipment, at the recreation ground next to the community centre off Wood View Road and the play area on Meadow Way, replaced the condemned equipment at both locations, adding in extra pieces including a train with a ticket office to encourage children in role play. 

The total project cost just over £66,000 and was funded through money received by development contributions from home building projects in the parish.   

And now government restrictions on the use of playgrounds have been loosened, they are all set to be used by the children.

One of the new pieces of equipment is a train, which youngsters were keen to try out as soon as the park was opened.

The play area at the community centre was officially opened by Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North,  on Saturday morning, along with Karen Vincent, chairman of Broadland District Council; Hellesdon parish councillor and Norfolk County Councillor Shelagh Gurney; David King, chair of Hellesdon Parish Council and a district councillor; and vice-chairman of Hellesdon Parish Council Bill Johnson. 

They were joined by some small residents, too, who were keen be the first to test out the new equipment.

Chloe Smith said: “This is really fantastic news for the young people of Hellesdon; to have brand new facilities to play and a place for families to enjoy as the lockdown is lifted will help bring life back to our community. My thanks and congratulations to the parish councillors that have made this happen”

Karen Vincent said: “It was lovely to see the play areas in Broadland being able to open again, with the guidance in place.”

The parish council would like to thank the residents of Hellesdon for their support and understanding of the playgrounds being closed through lockdown.

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