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Badingham Pocket Park scheme gets £8,000 Tesco boost, but funds still needed to complete dream revamp

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2016

The existing play equipment at Badingham Pocket Park which has fallen into disrepair in recent years
L-R Cllr Tim Barber,Cllr Robert Welham,Cllr Gillian Upton,Sue Piggott,Cllr Lynda McQuade.

The existing play equipment at Badingham Pocket Park which has fallen into disrepair in recent years L-R Cllr Tim Barber,Cllr Robert Welham,Cllr Gillian Upton,Sue Piggott,Cllr Lynda McQuade.

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A plea for funds towards a new playground in a north Suffolk village has been released after the project was awarded £8,000 in grant funding from Tesco to set it on its way.

Badingham Parish Council wants to completely revamp the existing play equipment in the village’s Pocket Park to provide a new community playground. The scheme was due to include swings, including cradle swings for babies and small children, and a double tower climbing frame which would incorporate a slide, climbing bars and other aspects, set to cost in the region of £12,000.

The project began after a consultation into the parish plan in 2013 showed there was an overwhelming desire for better play facilities for the 100 children and young people living within the village. And so, parish council clerk Sue Piggott applied for a grant with Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which donates grants to community projects via funds raised through the 5p carrier bag charge.

The project beat more than 5,000 other applications and was put to the public vote in three Tesco stores in the area as to which of the three shortlisted causes would get £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000.

It was awarded £8,000 towards the park revamp, meaning the parish council now has to make the decision on whether to continue to fundraise for the remaining £4,000 or use parish council money to complete the park dream - or to deliver the scheme without the swings.

However, the council must make a quick decision as the Tesco grant funding must be spent within six months.

Ms Piggott said: “Delivering the project is vital, but we have got to do it in a six month window.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation, or to show support for continuing with the original scheme, can call Ms Piggott on 01728 746622.

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