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Ambitious play-park plans come to fruition as contractors are appointed to start work

Young Fynn and brother Lewis will soon be able to enjoy an extensive new play park at Bannerfield in Selkirk

Young Fynn and brother Lewis will soon be able to enjoy an extensive new play park at Bannerfield in Selkirk

Construction work on a £250,000 play park in the Bannerfield area of Selkirk will start this month.

Contractors Wicksteed Leisure will build the facility, which will include a multi-use games area on a grassed area close to Philiphaugh Community School.

The Bannerfield Active project, led by the school, has been made possible by a six-figure grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Head teacher Grace Frew said: “This is fantastic news for the school and the local community.

“The play area offers facilities for a wide range of ages and abilities, and the children cannot wait for it to be completed.”

She added: “It is wonderful that Big Lottery Fund Scotland has recognised the strong community spirit in Bannerfield.”

Selkirkshire councillor Vicky Davidson, who is also executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities, said: “Everyone involved with the Bannerfield Active project has been keen to see works begin ever since being awarded Big Lottery funding in April this year. The revitalised play park will be a fantastic example of how communities can work together to create special places for everyone to enjoy and I am very much looking forward to seeing this new outdoor space take shape over the coming months.”

Work on the Bannerfield play park will begin this month, with the new equipment expected to welcome its first young visitors in October this year.

The park plans will be on display in the Philiphaugh Community Centre and an animation is available on YouTube – search for Scottish Borders Animation.

 

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