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South Kesteven District Council and Bourne Town Council worked with developers to refurbish Pinewood Close and Northfields play areas



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Two play areas have been refurbished after developers chipped in thousands of pounds as part of the planning process.

South Kesteven District Council staff and councillors as well as the Bourne Town Council have worked closely with the developers of two major projects to help improve the area and bring some family fun to parts of Bourne.

The result is bright new children’s play equipment at the Pinewood Close and Northfields play areas.

Bourne Town Council Clerk Ian Sismey joins South Kesteven District Councillor Philip Knowles on the new seesaw at Pinewood Close Play Area, Bourne, as South Kesteven District Councillor Helen Crawford cheers them on.
Bourne Town Council Clerk Ian Sismey joins South Kesteven District Councillor Philip Knowles on the new seesaw at Pinewood Close Play Area, Bourne, as South Kesteven District Councillor Helen Crawford cheers them on.

South Kesteven District Council’s Bourne West elected representative Helen Crawford worked with Bourne East councillor Philip Knowles and town council clerk Ian Sismey to bring the project to fruition.

Coun Crawford said: “We are delighted to have supported this refurbishment project and pleased this funding was earmarked to provide facilities for children. We have been looking forward to seeing it come together and expect it to be well used.”

All of the apparatus was fully open for the three to play on.

Bourne Town Council clerk Ian Sismey joins South Kesteven District Councillors Philip Knowles and Helen Crawford at Northfields Play Area, Bourne.
Bourne Town Council clerk Ian Sismey joins South Kesteven District Councillors Philip Knowles and Helen Crawford at Northfields Play Area, Bourne.

Coun Knowles added: “I am very pleased to have been involved in bringing two bright, modern playground improvements to Bourne.

“They will help keep younger residents occupied during their spare time and provide somewhere to meet up and socialise in the fresh air. I am sure the improvements will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

The Pinewood Close improvements include a spinning bowl, springy seesaw, cradle swing and new bench alongside the existing climbing frame and slide while the Northfields Play Area additions comprise a springy bike, spinning bowl, cradle swing and multi-play junior climbing equipment which complement the existing bench, red climber and slide.

The £23,320 developers’ contribution was triggered by developments at Southfield Business Park on Falcon Way and at Manning Road in Bourne.

Bourne Town Council clerk Ian Sismey joins South Kesteven District Councillors Philip Knowles and Helen Crawford at Pinewood Close Play Area, Bourne
Bourne Town Council clerk Ian Sismey joins South Kesteven District Councillors Philip Knowles and Helen Crawford at Pinewood Close Play Area, Bourne

This money was secured through section 106 agreements, a legal obligation to mitigate the impact of new building work. Usually, a financial contribution towards play equipment nearby is provided as an alternative to making play provision within a new development itself.
South Kesteven District Council has contributed towards installation and maintenance.

Coun Nick Robins, cabinet member for planning and planning policy, said: “South Kesteven District Council is working hard to ensure developers mitigate the effects of new development by contributing to local projects and securing improvements through s106 money as part of the town planning process.

"Our Corporate Plan vision is to be the best district in which to live, work, study and visit. Our positive action helps make this a reality.”



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