Work under way on play area at Maresfield

Work has started on a new £100,000 plus play area at Maresfield.

A new play landscape is being installed for younger children.

There will also be additional seating and shade for parents and carers to sit and socialise while they watch the children play.

A BMX-style bike track will also be created.

The site’s kick-about area will be turned into a fully inclusive multi-use ball play area.

The scheme is expected to be complete by January next year and is being spearheaded by Parklands Residents’ Association, a group dedicated to improve the quality of life of all residents on the estate.

The work has been welcomed by MP Charles Hendry.

He said: “I am delighted that work has begun in developing a fun place for children and young people in the Parklands Estate.

“The development of a new play area, a BMX track and a multi-use pitch will cater for children of all ages. This is a great project and I congratulate all those who have worked so tirelessly to get this development up and running.”

Funding has come from several sources, including The Big Lottery Fund, Grass Roots Grants, Sussex Police, Wealden District Council and Maresfield Parish Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded a grant of £28,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The residents also raised more than £1,000 through community fundraising events such as a jumble sale, fun run and other social activities.

The secretary of the residents’ association, Ellie Boultbee, said: “Poor local play provision meant that children and families had to either travel to other play areas, or, for those without access to a car, just had to stay in the area and make do. The poor public transport links and inaccessible buses did not help the situation.

“This new play area will give children and young people the chance to have fun and adventures through healthy, active outdoor play and exercise, and enjoy the many benefits this brings. The improvements will also provide an outdoor social setting for other community groups and associations in the village to meet in and enjoy.”

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