28th Oct, 2016

Council calling on residents to help bag Tesco funding for new play equipment

Laura Maltby 19th Sep, 2016 Updated: 3 hours ago

COUNCIL chiefs are calling on residents to back their bid to bag new play equipment for a Stratford park.

Stratford District Council’s Hodgson Green Children’s Trim Trail project is one of three to have been chosen for a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which reinvests the 5p carrier bag charge in grassroots initiatives.

More than 2,800 groups up and down the country applied for funding from the scheme – carried out in partnership with Groundwork – and these projects were then whittled down to three in each region.

The council has already carried out improvements at the green on Hodgson’s Road including marking out a football pitch, repainting the youth shelter and repairing kerbing.

But they are now hoping the additional funding will go towards the cost of an eight piece trim trail – made up of a rope tunnel, stepping logs, a frame, zig zags, climbing nets, balancing beams, wobble walkway and waterlilies balance pods.

They are also looking to install a slide and a swing at the site.

A grant of either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 will be awarded to the council depending on where it ranks in an in-store vote over the coming weeks with customers able to cast a vote for a project each time they shop using a token given to them at the checkout.

District council parks spokesman, Coun Mike Brain, said: “The importance of outdoor play is becoming increasingly significant in the drive to get kids more active.

“Our recent consultation with residents showed that they would like to see play equipment in this area as it was their top priority. Hopefully with the help of Tesco we can help make this become a reality.”

Voting is open in store from the end of October until mid-November.

Visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp for further information.