Playtime after all the hard work

Councillor Andrea Kay telling the children of Northfold Primary she has been awarded funding from Wyre Council to allow a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) to be built in Northfold park.' Andrea Kay was awarded �42,550 in the Supporting Your Neighbourhood scheme and was given the money after quizzing the children on what they would like to see brought into the area they live in.

Councillor Andrea Kay telling the children of Northfold Primary she has been awarded funding from Wyre Council to allow a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) to be built in Northfold park.' Andrea Kay was awarded �42,550 in the Supporting Your Neighbourhood scheme and was given the money after quizzing the children on what they would like to see brought into the area they live in.

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Work to build an all-weather games space to keep children off the streets will begin this month after the project was given the green light.

The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Northfold Park in Cleveleys is the brainchild of Coun Andrea Kay who worked with schoolchildren to come up with the plans.

The Cleveleys Park ward councillor secured £42,550 as part of Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood Scheme, which gives community leaders the chance to secure funding for projects in their area.

Coun Kay said: “The kids will have somewhere to play and a safe environment at the same time.

“I’m really excited the kids are getting what they want.

“I was a bit upset it didn’t go in over the summer holidays, but it has all been approved now.

“It will be in place by half term and I’m relieved.”

The facilities, which include space to play football and basketball, were secured with the help of pupils at Northfold Primary School when they put forward ideas about what they wanted to see in their community.

Lucy Avis, who is a Year Six teacher at the Ringway school, says pupils have been working extremely hard for three years in an attempt to secure the money.

She said: “It’s brilliant news and I’m looking forward to taking a group of children on there.

“Andrea has worked so hard and the children ran campaigns and came up with fund-raising ideas for the community.

“It’s great this is going to happen and hopefully they will get to use it before the winter.”

Since adopting the park, the children have installed a notice board, benches and they currently run a scheme to make sure dog owners pick up their pets’ mess.

Mrs Avis added: “The children need somewhere to go where their parents know they are safe. They have been working on this for the last three years and will be absolutely delighted.”

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