New children’s play area to be built in village

Villagers at Ingham celebrate the opening of their new play area Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCIL

Villagers at Ingham celebrate the opening of their new play area Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCIL - Credit: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCIL

Children in a west Suffolk village will be enjoying a brand new play area this summer.

The new play area at Ingham Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCIL

The new play area at Ingham Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCIL - Credit: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCIL

Locals raised £55,000 for the new facility in Ingham, near Bury St Edmunds, which includes a 20m zip wire, football goals and a seating area.

Parish councillor Adrian Dawson said the community, which has been without play facilities for 10 years, had really pulled together.

He said: "The children's parents held a fundraising Halloween trail, a sale trail and a Christmas raffle, the Aquarius singers performed at the church, which raised £1,000, local councillors provided generously from their locality budgets and we successfully applied for National Lottery and Suffolk Community Foundation funding.

"Local people have been hands on preparing the site. A landowner has generously leased the land at a peppercorn rent, and a farmer and businessman is providing a patio and seating area."

Susan Glossop, West Suffolk ward councillor for Ingham, who provided £1,000 from her locality budget said: "This has been a creative, concerted and collective effort and I applaud everyone involved.

"We will be helping out with regular advice and safety inspections, and I am delighted to have been able to offer my support.

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"West Suffolk has made healthy families and communities a priority and I hope local families enjoy using the new facilities, especially during longer summer days.'

Rebecca Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council cabinet member and councillor for Ingham, who provided £1,500 from her locality budget, said: "Locality budgets are designed to support local groups who are making a difference in their area and Ingham is a beautiful example of a clear need and community action.

"The village can feel proud of their achievement and I hope it pays dividends in the future."

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