Girls' petition leads to £53k being spent on play park in Leverton, near Boston
YOUNGSTERS in a village near Boston have helped shape the future of their local playing field after filing a petition for new play equipment.
Three girls from the village of Leverton put together a petition for their local playing field that lacked play equipment and handed it to the parish council with about 120 signatures on.
The girls, aged between four and nine, felt that there was only minimal equipment in the field.
The new play equipment cost £53,000 and was funded through grants and funding from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited), the Norfolk Foundation, Lincolnshire County Councillor and Boston Borough Councillor Peter Bedford's Big Society Fund, Leverton Leisure Centre and other local businesses.
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Leverton Parish Council chairman Jane Moore was delighted with the finished play area and said: "It has been about 15 years since the play area had any new equipment.
"We were approached by some youngsters in the village who put together the petition and handed it in to the parish council. The parish council took it on board as a project and started a consultation with local residents and children to see what they wanted and a year or so on we have new equipment in place. We would like to thank everyone for making this possible."
The field now has multi-goals, a nest swing, climbing frame and a new Stella-Nova roundabout that has replaced an old broken one.
Mrs Moore added: "We have had very good feedback on the equipment and the children are really pleased."
The official opening of the equipment was held on Monday. those attending included Councillor Bedford, local residents, local councillors and representatives from those who funded the equipment, including WREN and the Norfolk Foundation.