A VILLAGE play park will undergo a major transformation thanks to a donation of over £55,000 from Centrica Storage Limited.
Rudston’s play park has benefited from the company’s promise to award the local community £150,000 worth of grants, associated with the Caythorpe Gas Storage project it is developing nearby. The park was awarded £55,957 to bring it up-to-date with the latest safety specifications and to make it more fit for its purpose as a child-friendly area.
The ageing play equipment is now being replaced and the park will be modernised to encourage children of all ages from the parish and the surrounding area to visit and enjoy the facility.
Simon Rhodes, a Rudston Parish Councillor part of the team responsible for submitting Rudston’s application, said: “The announcement that Centrica Storage Limited decided to support our proposals to renovate the village’s play park is fantastic news.
“The new facility will be open in the spring so that children and families from the local area can enjoy it throughout the warmer months.
“We are delighted that this important community project has been given the go-ahead and would like to thank Centrica Storage Limited for supporting our plans.”
Glenn Sibbick, project director at Centrica Storage Limited, said: “The play park in Rudston is a great project and we are delighted to be able to support the Parish Council’s application to vastly improve the existing facility.
“It is a project that Centrica Storage Limited was keen to provide funding for, because of the potential health and community benefits for parents, their children and the wider population.
“As well as giving the children of the village a brand new play park, the whole community will have an excellent place to enjoy, 365 days a year.”
Mr Sibbick added that projects go through a ‘rigorous process’ before they are awarded funding and more grants will be handed out to other local community projects in due course.
The funding forms part of the Caythorpe Gas Storage project, which is developing an area of land in Caythorpe between the three parishes of Boynton, Burton Agnes and Rudston, into an onshore gas storage facility.
Work on the site has temporarily halted following the completion of groundworks and an archaeological excavation which uncovered a number of notable finds including Anglo-Saxon spearheads and an Iron Age sword.
A spokesman for Centrica said that work will continue at the site after some ‘regulatory issues’ are resolved.
He added: “The phase one works at Caythorpe are now complete. It is hoped that the next phase of work will begin later this year or early next – a matter that will be clarified in the Autumn.”