£30k grant will revitalise village play area

Margaret Johnson, Michael O'Grady, Stella Brunskill and Teresa Taylor, members of Mellor Parish Council at the play area.
Margaret Johnson, Michael O'Grady, Stella Brunskill and Teresa Taylor, members of Mellor Parish Council at the play area.

A grant for £30,000 will ensure a Ribble Valley play area is fit for purpose for years to come.

Mellor Parish Council has successfully bidded for £30,000 of funding from Lancashire Environmental Fund which will be used to improve the play area which is situated behind Mellor Library on St Mary’s Gardens.

Members of Mellor Parish Council celebrate securing the 30k grant.

Members of Mellor Parish Council celebrate securing the 30k grant.

Residents were consulted about the plans last June via an open meeting and the play area working party met to discuss details prior to the plans being approved by the parish council.

The funds will pay for drainage works and the installation of new, additional play equipment for younger children, using recycled materials where possible, at the play area. Additional fencing will also be erected to provide better and safer access.

Further financial support has been granted by Thwaites Brewery, BAe Systems and Wincanton Logistics, and parish councillors have expressed their thanks to all these organisations.

“It is anticipated that the works will commence as soon as ground conditions permit,” said a spokesman for the parish council.

Drainage works will be carried out by Philip Dixon Drainage at Balderstone and Playquest Play Equipment in North Wales will install the fencing and equipment. The parish council plans to host a grand opening in the spring.