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Refurbished West Byfleet play area opens


Monday, 1 July, 2019

The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, was joined by parents and young people from the local area to open the refurbished West Byfleet Play Area in Camphill Road (Friday 28 June).

The refurbishment works involved the extension of the existing play area alongside new equipment, including a wooden activity trail, junior multi play climbing frame, rope tunnel and multi see-saw, that is both exciting and challenging to children of all ages.

Works to extend and refurbish the play area began in March 2019, following consultation with residents, parents and young people. Respondents had the opportunity to comment on the design and types of play equipment.

Proposals were developed with the help of local parents, who also successfully applied for additional external funding to contribute towards the project budget.

Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, said: “I am delighted that we have re-opened the popular play area at West Byfleet Recreation Ground. This is an excellent example of communities working with the council to deliver positive outcomes. 

“This project has had some issues in the past and I made a commitment to the parents, through the Executive last year to make sure this project was completed by this spring of this year, I am pleased this promise has been delivered and I would like to thank the officers and parents along with the contractors for their hard work in making this happen in a short time period. 

“The play area acts as a focal point for the community and it is great to see children of all ages enjoying the facilities. These play areas are an important community gathering place and more importantly they are important for the health and wellbeing of our children, this is why Woking Borough Council is committed to the future of our community play areas.”

“I would like to thank the parents for their tenacity in obtaining Surrey County Council funding, which we were only too pleased to support by investing in these facilities.”

The project was possible thanks to a grant of £25,000 from Surrey County Council, obtained by the parents, and £35,000 from Woking Borough Council.