Campaigners for Selden play area backed by council

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AN action group has been formed to try to secure funding for a new play area in Worthing.

Selden Kids in Play (SKIP) is a group of parents campaigning for a new playground in Selden, as they say the only open space available is the beach.

The five core members, Vanessa Clynes, Sandra Young, Ellie Hume, Maria McLeod and Claire Osbourne, all have children who attend Lyndhurst First School in Sugden Road.

Vanessa Clynes said: “We are not a political group but we have had meetings with people that are political. We are seeking support from all groups and from the things we have heard so far everyone has been extremely supportive.”

The group said it had already received support from the leader of Worthing Borough Council Paul Yallop, leader of the Lib Dems, councillor Alan Rice, Selden councillor Christine Brown and PCSO Graeme Foster.

Vanessa added: “The stage we’re at now is we’re going to start applying for funding. We are very hopeful and we’re a very determined group of people.”

The Selden Ward Neighbourhood Panel meeting has raised the lack of a convenient and accessible children’s play area in the ward as a priority many times, but when it struggled to resolve the issue, SKIP was formed.

PCSO Foster said: “The members of SKIP have worked hard and made great strides in breaking through the obstructions the panel encountered, and I am sure they will continue to do so until the project comes to fruition.”

A fund-raising jumble sale will be held at Lyndhurst First School on March 17.