Durrington mums keep up play campaign

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DISAPPOINTMENT has not dashed the determination of a group of mums from Durrington, who narrowly missed out on being awarded £50,000 funding for new playground facilities.

Parklife Community Action Group had hoped to scoop the cash from The People’s Millions, a partnership between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund, but lost out to the rival applicant.

Carla Harvey, who started the group, said: “It was incredibly disappointing when we didn’t win the funding, but we will not let it get us down – we will continue to do all we can to regenerate the park for our community.”

The group wanted the funding to pay for an environmentally-friendly, well-equipped play park on the green space which backs onto Chiltern Crescent in Durrington.

The People’s Millions awards gives funding to projects according to public votes – and the Durrington bid was beaten by Hampshire-based Sensational Sensory Surroundings.

Carla, of Cotswold Road, added: “We are very grateful to everyone who voted for us but, unfortunately, it was not enough on this occasion. However, the funding bid has done wonders at raising the profile of Parklife Community Action Group and what we want to achieve.”

The group is in the second stage of a different £50,000 lottery bid, which will be decided by a panel.