New playground boost for Worksop school children

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A new £145,000 school playground opened in Worksop this week - to the delight of pupils and parents.

The exciting new facility within the grounds of St Augustine’s School in Kilton features swings, a zip wire, carousels, climbing frames and activity panels.

There is also a multi-use games area and toddler and junior play zones.

The playground was opened by Sheffield Wednesday defender and former St Augustine’s pupil Liam Palmer.

Jackie Ryan, Head of St Augustine’s School, said: “It has taken six years of working with both the District and County Councils to make this happen.

“There were times we thought it might not come off but through perseverance and some great partnership work, it’s amazing that we have a play facility like this for children at St Augustine’s and the local community to use.

“We’d also like to thank Liam for taking time out to come back to his old school and help to officially open the play area.”

The project is a joint scheme between Bassetlaw District Council, which provided £105,000 of funding, and Nottinghamshire County Council, which provided the location of the playground and £40,000 of funding from its Supporting Local Communities fund.

The facility was built by Kompan Playgrounds Ltd.

Julie Leigh, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This is a fantastic facility for the children of St Augustine’s and Kilton to use and is something we can all be extremely proud of.

“Great things like this can happen when councils and additional partners are able to work together to improve local communities.”

Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “What is very special about this facility is that is has something for all ages and I’m sure that it will provide many, many, hours of fun for children in this community.

“I’d like to thank councillors and officers from both the district and county councils, as well as teachers and staff at St Augustine’s for all their hard work to make this happen.”

The project had also been campaigned for and supported by Ward members from both councils, in addition to staff at St Augustine’s school and the local community.