Celebration as Durrington park awarded funding

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MONTHS of hard work have finally paid off for a community action group which has been awarded funding to refurbish a play area in Durrington.

Since last summer, the Parklife Community Action Group, headed by residents Carla Harvey and Mo Barber, have been putting together bids to secure funding for a variety of play equipment for the park at the rear of Chiltern Crescent and Cotswold Road.

In November, the action group was disappointed when their bid to the People’s Millions was unsuccessful, but the group has now been awarded £50,000 by the Big Lottery Fund, with a further £38,824 from Viridor Credits.

Carla, who is chairman of the action group, said: “We’re thrilled we now have the funds to go ahead and overhaul the park – it just proves that perseverance can pay off.”

Decisions on which equipment should be installed in the park are being finalised, but it is hoped it will include a basket swing, slide, climbing frame, and roundabout, with a section of the park becoming a skate area. Some of the equipment will also be suitable for disabled children to use.

Carla, of Cotswold Road, said: “We started the action group because we were very frustrated that the beautiful space behind our homes had so much potential but the majority of equipment in the park was either very outdated, or missing. This money will enable us to provide new facilities for our large community, which is predominantly family orientated.”

Worthing Homes, which owns the land, has also donated some money towards the cost of the refurbishment.

Nicky Fiondella, housing manager, said: “It’s such fantastic news. This community-led group have worked so hard to secure funding for their local park, and have shown just what can be achieved with a little help and a lot of determination.

“We hope that this achievement will encourage and inspire other communities to work together and make a difference.”

The works to the park should be completed by the end of the summer holidays, with a grand opening planned upon completion.