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Lottery boost for Aylesbury Vale play projects

Archived press release

Date Published: 24/01/08

Children and young people in Aylesbury Vale are set to benefit from a bumper lottery grant which is to be spent on improving play provision in the district. The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Aylesbury Vale District Council £304,000 over thre...

Children and young people in Aylesbury Vale are set to benefit from a bumper lottery grant which is to be spent on improving play provision in the district.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Aylesbury Vale District Council £304,000 over three years after a successful funding bid which was supported by local community groups.

The funding will pay for five play projects that aim to contribute to the well-being and development of children and young people in the district.

Around £200,000 will be used for the installation of new play areas at Somerville Way, Edinburgh Playing Fields and Carlton Close in Aylesbury. The schemes will upgrade existing play equipment and offer new play opportunities for children.

AVDC will be working closely with local residents, including children and young people, in drawing up the plans for the new facilities, all of which will feature creative equipment and new safety surfaces.

The new play areas at Somerville Way and Edinburgh Playing Fields are scheduled to be completed by December 2008. Installation of the new equipment at Carlton Close will be completed by December 2009. 

The lottery funding will also support the district council’s ‘Play around the Parishes’ project. This is a mobile play service which offers children in rural areas the opportunity to take part in play sessions.

The playscheme will enable the council to offer an improved play programme in rural areas during the school summer holidays, increasing the number of children who will have the chance to develop their capacity to learn and to improve their social skills and confidence through play.

Children and young people in the Elmhurst area of Aylesbury are also set to benefit from the lottery funding. A summer holiday playscheme is planned for the area, which will feature a mix of recreational games, sports and art and craft activities in a safe and fun environment.

AVDC’s lottery bid, submitted in September last year, aimed to provide a combination of new play facilities and free supervised play activities to children and young people. The areas selected within the district were based on ward data, including child population, levels of deprivation, existing facilities, accessibility and the recreational needs of local communities.  

The money was only available to those councils that had developed a clear plan of how play facilities could be improved in their area. The Aylesbury Vale Play Partnership, led by AVDC, has been working to raise the profile of play provision across the district and has produced a five-year play strategy.  

The lottery grant will go a long way to realise the Aylesbury Vale Play Strategy – developed through consultation with children and young people and designed to improve play activities and opportunities – by funding these five new exciting projects that will make play in the Vale more fun and accessible.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to provide some excellent play opportunities for children and young people in Aylesbury Vale. It is widely accepted that play has a very positive effect on children and young people, especially in their overall development. We are delighted the Big Lottery Fund has recognised that we’re working to make sure they have as much opportunity for new and exciting ways to play as possible.”  
 
To view the Aylesbury Vale Play Strategy or to find out more about children and young people’s activities, contact the leisure team on 01296 585210.

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk