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£130k invested in public and play spaces across Castle Point

A sensory garden and a new games area are just two of the improvements to be made thanks to a further £131,000 investment in recreation facilities across Castle Point.

The money is the second tranche of funding to be allocated from Castle Point Borough Council’s Public and Play Spaces Fund which was established earlier this year.

Councillors took the decision to invest the money at a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on September 20th.

The following investments will be made:

  • Conversion of two tennis courts at JH Burrows into a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) - £50,000.
  • Upgrading of the remaining two tennis courts at the John H Burrows Ground - £10,000.
  • Additional lights for the Christmas tree at Hart Road - £1,000.
  • Accessible path at Thundersley Recreation Ground - £10,000.
  • Sensory garden at Richmond Park - £15,000.


As well as the specific projects, up to £45,000 will be used to install up to 30 more picnic benches across the borough within council parks and open spaces.

Cllr Tom Gibson, Cabinet Member for Special Projects, said: “Our recreation spaces are of huge importance to our communities and this investment will make a real difference.

“Whether it is having a picnic on one of the new benches, enjoying sport on the new facilities at the John H Burrows Ground, or taking in the new sensory garden at Richmond Park, everyone can benefit.”

All projects are scheduled to be completed by March 2024.