DOWN AMPNEY IS APPEALING FOR HELP TO RAISE £40,000 TO SAVE ITS MUCH-LOVED CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND

Over the past 20 years, the playground has been enjoyed by many children from the village and the surrounding area, but the play surface now needs to be replaced to ensure that children can continue to play here for many years to come.

The annual RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) inspection last year reported that the surface was medium risk, but it has deteriorated further since then. If the playground is forced to close it would be an enormous loss to the community.

The removal of the old surface and its replacement with a new Wet Pour version would cost £40,000. Down Ampney Parish Council has allocated some money to start the fundraising project and is appealing for help to ensure that the resurfacing can take place.

Cllr Ray Jenkins, Chair of Down Ampney Parish Council, said: “This is such a worthwhile project as it will enable the playground to stay open. The money raised through crowdfunding will allow the children to continue to use these facilities. It is known that children’s health and well-being is really improved by access to good quality outside space.

“Making Down Ampney children’s playground safe will have a huge impact on the families in this village and surrounding villages.”

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