Appleby play area reopens following £60k refurbishment

The new Appleby Play Area in Knaresborough was formally opened at the weekend by the Mayor of Knaresborough, Councillor Christine Willoughby and Councillor Ed Darling.

  • The play area was formally the Scotton Banks Play Area and, was very tired and in need of modernization
  • Appleyby Play Area is located in the Appleby Area of Knaresborough, off Ripley Road
  • The community, local councillors and Harrogate Borough Council worked together to
  • Grant funding of £60K was received from FCC Communities Foundation funding, a funding available for those that live within 10-miles of a landfill site or recycling centre
  • Locally they needed to raise £6k, but raised more, meaning they can now spend that on additional equipment/ benches

At the opening today, Councillor Ed Darling gave his thanks to all those that had financially supported the development, including Harrogate Borough Council, Knaresborough Town Council, County Councillor Zoe Metcalfe, Rotary Knaresborough Lions, Knaresborough Relief in Need and all the residents on the estate that had contributed.

Andrew Jones MP commented: “Local councillor, Ed Darling has done some very good work, and I have come down today to support him. They have pulled together £60,000 of funding that will completely transform this play area. It was  a play area for a long time, but not in very good shape.”

Councillor Ed Darling stated: “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 were 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.”

Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation Local Grant Manager said: We are delighted to have supported the Borough Council in bringing this project to fruition. This is an important facility for local people, and we are pleased to see it open and available to use.

FCC Communities is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, FCC Communities has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site.  For more information, please visit