Wensleydale village upgrades its play area thanks to grant

Richard Jowett at Bellerby play area.

Bellerby has become the first Richmondshire community to complete upgrades to its play park thanks to a new district council grant scheme.

Community groups can take advantage of the authority’s £250,000 grant programme to upgrade play parks across the district.

There are 44 parks looked after by town, parish and voluntary groups – and all are eligible for cash support.

A maximum of £10,000 will be awarded for each project approved.

Bellerby received £8,500 to replace the soft play surfaces around the play equipment – a 100 per cent grant.

Richard Jowett, chair of The Bellerby Educational Foundation Trust responsible for the Play Area and Playing Field, said: “We are very grateful and appreciative for the support from Richmondshire District Council so that we could undertake this critical work.

“It has not only significantly improved the safety of the play area but also the visual amenity.

“It is a very worthwhile investment in our local community, particularly for our younger families.”

 For information on the grant scheme click here.

 The district council scheme has also allocated £150,000 for the 25 parks it owns and maintains – work on these is expected to begin soon.