By Betsy Everett
The town of Hawes in Wensleydale, recently described in a national newspaper as the most self-sufficient in England, is looking for yet more volunteers.
This time the task is not ongoing, like transport, the petrol station and the library, but the relatively simple task of painting the apparatus in the main playground at the entrance to the town.
Hawes and High Abbotside parish council will supply the paint and all equipment, including sandpaper, brushes and brightly coloured paint, and at a meeting this week it was suggested volunteers could ‘adopt’ an item of equipment in the Town Foot park, such as the roundabout or swings, and tackle the task in a day.
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A report to the council this week from volunteer Robin Peters showed the surface of the junior slide was in a “very poor” condition and that it would need repairing or replacing at a cost of around £3,000 plus VAT.
Some of the swings were also reported to be in a poor condition, as was the surface of the see-saw. Repairs would cost thousands of pounds.
At the February meeting of the council it was reported that a grant of £1,250 from North Yorkshire County Council’s upper dales locality fund had been awarded and further funding would be sought from the Sedbusk Poors Charity.