A Kilwinning primary school parent council has clinched a £50,000 cash boost for a new playpark.
The funding package for the town’s Corsehill Primary was agreed at a recent North Ayrshire Council cabinet meeting after the proposal was presented by the Kilwinning locality partnership following consultation with local people.
The money will come from the council’s community investment fund (CIF) which received a £3 million top-up in 2021 – bringing total CIF funding available to £5.6m – and is designed for local groups to help support the recovery of community-led projects in the wake of the Covid pandemic.
To date, over £1.2million in CIF funding has been doled out across North Ayrshire.
Wendy Crighton, co-chairperson of the parent council, said: “We are delighted to have received funding from the community investment fund to allow us to progress with our ambitious plans for Corsehill playpark, none of which would have been possible without the help and support of the Kilwinning locality partnership.
“Outdoor play is so important and the benefits are widely recognised. Our goal is to use the funding to create an interactive and accessible play area to help teach children social skills including how to share fairly, play kindly and cooperatively and be part of a social group.
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“After the challenges of the last two years, as we now start to recover from the effects of the pandemic, our communities are depending on local outdoor facilities more than ever and playparks provide a great opportunity for local residents to bond with their children in a physically-engaging way.
“We hope that our inclusive playground design can create a space that intentionally provides opportunities for every visitor to have a successful experience, regardless of age and abilities so we are working in partnership with Aberlour Childcare Trust, Scotland’s children’s charity, to ensure play resources are in place for parents or carers who need support to make the best use of the playpark with their children.”
The £100,000 project will see the creation of a new playpark for the community of Corsehill; bring a currently vacant and derelict site back into public use and will include both toddler and junior adventure climbing frames, a swing unit with basket and cradle swings.
Only equipment that is in line with The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Equality Act 2010 will be sourced.
Councilor Louise McPhater, cabinet member for participatory democracy, said: “We are delighted to approve the most recent CIF funding proposal for Corsehill Primary parent council.
“The parent council does a fantastic job of promoting and providing community opportunities for people that help to enhance wellbeing, encourage connection, nurture confidence and give children and young people the chance to play, socialize and learn in a safe environment.
“This is another excellent example of how the community investment fund can help to transform communities and offer meaningful power and resources to local groups that are making real differences to the lives of local residents, and particularly local children – who I’m sure will greatly enjoy their new play park once the project is complete.”
If you would like to find out about how to apply for Community Investment Funding find out more information here: Community funding north-ayrshire.gov.uk
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.