Outdoor playing spaces in the Breckland district could be set for a boost after a funding pot totaling £310,000 became available for sports and children’s play area provision.
Breckland Council, in partnership with the Norfolk Community Foundation, is inviting the district’s town and parish councils to submit bids for a share of the funding to benefit local communities.
We’ve accrued a significant amount of money and we want to see it put to good use for the good of local residentsCharles Carter
A spokesperson for the council said community groups, sports clubs, charities and schools are also welcome to apply where they can evidence public access to the facilities alongside group use.
The funding must be used to provide new or enhance existing free-to-access children’s play areas and outdoor sports provision, such as slides and swings, multi-use games areas, sports pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens, sports pavilions and changing facilities, or parking related to the provision of these facilities.
“We’ve accrued a significant amount of money and we want to see it put to good use for the good of local residents,” said Cllr Charles Carter, Breckland’s Executive Member for Growth. “The funding could be used to improve existing public facilities or create new ones and we’re urging local groups to get in touch if they have a suitable sport or play project that this funding could help make a reality.”
The money has been received over the past few years from contributions from housing developers as part of their planning permission.
Outline project proposals must be received from groups by May 13. After the initial proposals are assessed, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Any funds not allocated as part of this project will remain available for future bids.