Hessle Lib Dem Councillors welcome the announcement of four play areas in Hessle to be given a major overhaul worth £288,000.
Hessle Mill play area, First Lane play area, War Memorial Tower Hill play area and Tranby Park play area are all to be redeveloped and fitted with new equipment.
The four Hessle sites are part of a £1.1m project to revamp play areas across the East Riding.
The major investment has come jointly from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and from funds provided by developers, who are required to give money to benefit communities as part of new housing developments they build – which are called commuted sums.
Hessle Mill play area has been awarded £130,000 – comprising of £60,000 from the council and £70,000 from commuted sums.
Improvements to the play area will see a bridge trail, play panels, talk tubes and an inclusive springer in the toddler play area, plus binoculars and an information board at the top of the existing mound to look out to the Humber Bridge.
In the junior area there will be a combination swing, a hip-hop spinning see-saw, a rope swing and multi-play unit installed.
The works will be completed by council contractor Proludic and are due to be carried out in August.
First Lane play area will receive £65,000 – comprising of £6,500 from the council and £58,500 from commuted sums.
Work will include a new unfenced multi-use games area, an inclusive pod swing, a turn fly rotating swing, a vitality station and a high-level seating area.
War Memorial Tower Hill play area will receive £78,600 from commuted sums.
This project will be led by Hessle Town Council which owns the site.
Tranby Park play area will also receive an investment of £15,000 from the council, to replace the existing safety surfacing.
On hearing the news Hessle Ward Councillor David Nolan said:
“This is long overdue and held up by the pandemic. We are delighted that residents will get play area improvements and would like to thank East Riding Council Staff who have been working with us on these four schemes.”
“Part of the money is being provided by housing developers in lieu of providing play space. So it is good to see something being provided for residents as part-compensation for all the new housing being built here.”
“The good thing is that the upgrades are spread across Hessle, East (First Lane), North (Tranby Park), West (Tower Hill) and South (Foreshore play area).”