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Cash boost for public spaces across Castle Point

A scheme to revitalise playgrounds and other open spaces across Castle Point is underway with residents being asked for ideas on what improvements should be made.

At the January meeting of Castle Point Borough Council’s Cabinet, councillors agreed to ring fence £140,000 for a new Public Realm and Play Spaces Fund.

The Fund will help deliver a programme of amenity improvements across the borough over the next two years.

As part of the scheme, residents are now being asked for suggestions as to where improvements should take place and what they should be.

Cllr Steven Cole, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Special Projects, said: 
“We are looking at small improvements which will make a big difference to our communities and their enjoyment of the outside spaces we provide.”

“It can be anything from installing new swings, benches and dog bins, to replanting flowerbeds and resurfacing worn paths.” 

The money for the project comes from the New Homes Bonus, a grant which is given to councils by Government based on the level of housing development in the area.

Cllr Cole continued: “This money would normally just go into the Council’s general budget be we felt it important that it makes a direct difference to our communities.

“We all value our open spaces and I would encourage as many people as possible to come forward with ideas.”

The Council provides approximately 455 hectares of parks and open spaces throughout the Borough for the benefit of residents and visitors. It will, therefore, be necessary to prioritise how the Public Realm and Play Spaces Fund is used. Where possible, the Council will actively seek additional grant funding to boost the Fund further.

The Council will begin the programme of work in the coming months and you are invited to apply for funding