Fishersgate play area granted nearly £33k

Friends of Fishersgate Rec chairman Claire Fletcher, left, with treasurer Toni Obee, Adur District Council community development worker Lee Billingham, PCSOs Sandra Heaton and Amy Hollin and local residents LP1501269
Friends of Fishersgate Rec chairman Claire Fletcher, left, with treasurer Toni Obee, Adur District Council community development worker Lee Billingham, PCSOs Sandra Heaton and Amy Hollin and local residents LP1501269
  • Veolia Environmental Trust supports first stage in an ambitious plan
  • Friends and council working in partnership
  • Aim is to provide equipment for all ages and abilities

A £32,870 grant has been awarded for a new play area on Fishersgate Recreation Ground.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has supported the first stage in an ambitious plan to improve the whole of the green space.

Friends of Fishersgate Rec and Adur District Council are working in partnership to improve the recreation ground, in West Road, and provide equipment for all age groups.

Claire Fletcher, chairman of the Friends, said: “At the moment, we are prioritising the toddlers and young children, which is what Veolia is funding.

“This grant is great news for Fishersgate and all the users of the rec. There are approximately 500 children under the age of seven living within walking distance of it and this new fun area will provide plenty of play opportunities for them and others from the surrounding areas and schools.”

The new equipment will replace the current old and dated play area and will be designed to be accessible to all, with the Friends currently looking at the options for some equipment suitable for disabled children. The aim is to provide maximum opportunities for outdoor fun, exercise and adventures.

here are approximately 500 children under the age of seven living within walking distance of it and this new fun area will provide plenty of play opportunities for them and others from the surrounding areas and schools

Claire Fletcher, chairman of the Friends of Fishersgate Rec

Paul Taylor, executive director of the trust said: “We have been supporting community and environmental projects for over 17 years.

“During this time, our grants have made a real difference to people’s lives and the environment.

“We are pleased to be helping the Friends group and the council make this project happen and I look forward to seeing work start.”

Claire Fletcher said the idea first came up when she was chairman of Eastbrook Neighbourhood Panel.

“Something that always cropped up was that there was nothing for the children,” she said. “People were saying we needed some decent equipment.

“I started with the PCSO suggesting a kickboard and net four years ago but when we went to the council, they suggested looking at the bigger picture.

“We are still putting in bids because ultimately, we need twice as much money to do everything.”