Dad George’s £100k plan for Oundle park revamp

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A PARK in Oundle is set to get a £100,000 revamp thanks to a father’s efforts.

George Higgins, of New Road, Oundle, wanted to see Oundle Pocket Park revamped so he had somewhere to take his two sons Oliver, two, and Joel, seven.

He approached Waste Recycling Environmental, known as Wren, which offers grants to community projects at the beginning of the year and was told he needed to prove a need for the work.

During the first half of the year he got almost 700 signatures on a petition backing a refurbishment and he also approached Oundle Primary School, where the pupils drew designs of what they would like to see.

George also joined Oundle Town Council, which owns the park.

He secured a £50,000 grant from Wren and the town council has agreed to stump up the rest of the cash.

A design of how the park in New Road should look was due to go before the town council last night. If approved, it should be built by the end of the year.

George, who is married to Suzy, said: “It has been a long hard slog to get to this stage but now it is really exciting.

“Once it is a built, it will be a real community success story because so many people have been involved.

“I can’t wait to take my children there.

“The equipment that there will be is so much more dynamic and I think it is really important to have facilities for children, especially in a rural area like Oundle. There is not that much for children to do.”

He thanked the school for its backing, as well as St Peter’s Church, which has allowed George to display the children’s designs and his petition.