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Cotswold Play Areas - Best in the County!

Two revamped play areas in the Cotswolds have been voted the best in the county by a group of children taking part in a survey organised by Play Gloucestershire.

Refurbished play areas at Andoversford and Lechlade, which have been funded through the national Play Builder scheme, have been given the ultimate accolade – the top two places in a county-wide survey of 12 sites carried out by a team of young Play Inspectors.

Gloucestershire County Council commissioned Play Gloucestershire to evaluate the 12 playgrounds in the county which have been improved so far, and they assembled a young Inspectorate team - with ages ranging from nine to fourteen – to do the job.

Assisted by adult Play Rangers, the team of eight visited each site over a hectic three-day period to explore the equipment and amenities, as well as interviewing users and their families, and community and council representatives. They considered a wide variety of criteria including: adequate play space; creation of community hubs and family play opportunities; challenging equipment; quality of facilities for the disabled; and use of natural materials.

Andoversford and Lechlade came first and second in their assessment, scoring very highly across the criteria, particularly on the community-oriented aspects.

Commenting on this news, Carole Topple, Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member for Corporate Planning, said: "I am delighted that the youngsters appreciate these refurbished play areas. The Council worked hard to secure £150,000 worth of funding from Playbuilder to develop four sites, and local residents have been heavily involved in each project. Aside from the two completed at Andoversford and Lechlade, we have two more projects in the pipeline – at Bledington and Chipping Campden – and I am confident that we can work successfully with their local communities to provide the same high standard."

Rebecca Scutt, one of the residents heavily involved at the Andoversford site, said: "It’s great to know we are number one. This play area has done wonders for bringing the community together and we are very pleased with it."

Meanwhile at Lechlade, Town Clerk, Ginette James added: "Since we opened this play area in February it’s been wonderful to see so many young people and families having such tremendous fun. It’s a fabulous resource for the community and we are pleased that so many others feel the same."

Posted : 25/05/2010 09:54:45

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