Appleby play area refurbishment gets start date

Knaresborough Councillor, Ed Darling, has worked with residents on a successful application to the FCC Communities Foundation to refurbish the play area on the Appleby estate.

Andrew Jones MP took time out his schedule to visit the area. Councillor Ed Darling showed Knaresborough’s MP the plans for the play area during the visit.

The project which totals close to £70,000 will see the play area receive brand new bespoke equipment including new swings, inclusive roundabout, a castle multi-unit, trampolines, seesaw and play panels.  The renovation works are due to begin on 22 November and last four weeks, weather and external factors permitting.  During this time the site will be closed off together with the adjacent footpath.  Some existing equipment will be removed during the week of 15 November which will be re-used in other play areas across the district.

Councillor Ed Darling commented: “This project has been a real team effort from residents on the estate, Harrogate Borough Council and our generous donors.  I am pleased that we have been able to secure the significant investment to allow this project to take place and make the play area the jewel of the estate.

“It will benefit young people of all ages and encourage children to exercise and create friendships.  As the youngest councillor on HBC, I am grateful to the council for supporting this project specifically for our young people.”.

Donors to the project included: residents of the Appleby estate, FCC Communities Foundation, Harrogate Borough Council, County Councillor Zoë Metcalfe, Knaresborough Town Council, and the Knaresborough branches of Rotary, Lions and Relief in Need.