Boost for new town play area development

A DELAYED ground-breaking new Filey children’s play area has moved closer to completion.

The £99,000 facility, set for Filey Country Park, could go ahead in the spring after fears over funding cuts within the project were allayed.

The new play area, aimed at children between eight and 13-years-old, is part of the Playbuilder programme, which has been on hold for several months.

However, officials made strong arguments to North Yorkshire County Council to save the funding, which includes £50,000 from Scarborough Council.

The play area has been designed by Groundwork North Yorkshire following consultation with youngsters last year and will include a timber climbing frame, rotating beam, hexagonal swing, carved wooden sculptures and look-out poles.

There will also be extensive work carried out to landscape the area with new picnic tables, seats and bins.

The project is currently being considered for planning permission and work is expected to start in May and be finished by July.

Tom Mutton, Programme Manager for Groundwork North Yorkshire, added: “This is going to be a fantastic facility for the people of Filey and I’m sure it will also attract many visitors from far and wide.

“It has been designed with fun and adventure in mind and uses natural materials and landscaping to blend in with the Country Park surroundings.

“We are very lucky that the funding has been saved and will make sure this is a play area to be very proud of.”