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Wanstead play area gets green light

PUBLISHED: 15:35 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:35 23 February 2016

The playground on Christ Church Green, High Street, Wanstead. Picture: Wanstead Playground Association/Nick Pandev

The playground on Christ Church Green, High Street, Wanstead. Picture: Wanstead Playground Association/Nick Pandev

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Parents who campaigned for a better play area for their children have succeeded in having their funds topped up by the council to enable refurbishments to go ahead.

Wanstead Playground Association needed £103,000 to redesign the aged and weathered play park in Christ Church Green, High Street, Wanstead and managed to raise £93,000.

Cllr Dev Sharma, cabinet member for civic pride, described the work of the association as “remarkable” and confirmed the council had agreed to meet any shortfall up to £19,500.

“This is a shining example of what residents can achieve by showing pride in their area,” said Cllr Sharma.

“The people at Wanstead Playground Association wanted to improve their local area but recognised that the Council and Vision RCL were under increasing financial pressure and did not have the money to meet the group’s ambitions.

“So they set out to make a difference themselves and by working with residents and businesses have raised a huge amount of money.”

The association is made up of a group of local parents and residents who have worked closely together to give children access to a new and safer facility.

Sarah Boud, chair of the association, said: “We are extremely happy to be at the point where we are able to confirm that this project will go ahead and start ordering the necessary work and equipment.

“This has been a huge effort from everyone involved and we would like to thank all those who donated their money and made this a success.”


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