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Children vote new-look Leverton play area a hit

Children at Leverton had only one favourite piece of play equipment in an otherwise dull field.

Residents and parish councillors at the Leverton Playing Field play equipment ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pictured helping cut the ribbon is WREN Lincolnshire panel chairman Mary Hurst, left is parish council chairman Jane Moore, also pictured is the Rev Andrew Higginson, next to him Cllr Peter Bedford and Nichola Rye from the Norfolk Foundation.

Sadly even the favoured "wonky" roundabout had to be removed because of health and safety concerns.

But the children have voted their new-look playing field a hit after £53,000 worth of new equipment was installed.

The makeover is all down to three young friends from Lacey's Lane, where the playing field is situated, who petitioned Leverton Parish Council for a more exciting play area.

On Monday the new equipment was officially declared open when parish council chairman, Cllr Jane Moore, thanked funding partners.

She explained that the three girls - two sisters and a friend aged four to nine - came to the council with a petition signed by 120 after they were bored with what their own play area had to offer and fed up with having to travel out of their village to play on more exciting equipment.

Mrs Moore said: "The children raised the petition all on their own, without any adult supervision. The parish council was immediately convinced it had to do something."

Funding came from the parish council, WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental), the Norfolk Foundation, Leverton Poor Lands Trust and Leverton Liesure Centre. There was also a donation by county and borough councillor Peter Bedford, from the county council Big Society Fund.

Cllr Bedford, who lives in nearby Freiston, said the play area had been "road tested" by his granddaughter Gabriella who declared the climbing frame to be the "best anywhere".

Mrs Moore said Leverton children had indicated at a consultation day the equipment they would like and so now have, in addition to older sets of swings and a trim trail, two multi-purpose games areas (football and basketball), a nest swing, a climbing frame and slide and a "stellanova" roundabout.

Mrs Moore said the field is now equipped for all ages from tots to teenagers. Cutting the ribbon to declare the new equipment in use was chairman of the Lincolnshire WREN panel, Mrs Mary Hurst.

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Cllr Peter Bedford presents his Big Society certificate to Leverton Parish Council chairman, Cllr Jane Moore.