School play area given a welcome make-over

Pupils of Shevington Vale Primary School and headteacher Karen Tomlinson (wearing Tudor garment) with play equipment funded by Brighter Borough money from ward councillors
Pupils of Shevington Vale Primary School and headteacher Karen Tomlinson (wearing Tudor garment) with play equipment funded by Brighter Borough money from ward councillors

YOUNGSTERS at a Wigan school will be able to make the most out of playtime thanks to a boost from ward councillors.

A health and safety issue with an old protective floor covering had rendered a recreational area at Shevington Vale Primary School not fit to use.

But Shevington representatives Couns Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson and Mike Crosby have chosen the school as their recipient of Brighter Borough funding. And pupils are now enjoying £2,000 worth of new equipment.

Coun Collins said: “We are always keen to support our local schools and community groups on a wide variety of projects across the ward. My colleagues and I work together to maximise the impact and benefits of our Brighter Borough (BB) allowances and were absolutely delighted to see the smiles on faces as the children were enjoying the play area again.

“Along with Paula Clisham, the co-ordinator of the BB scheme, we were also treated to a tour of the school, which was buzzing with a range of activities and classes where many of the children and staff were dressed in Tudor clothing bringing history to life.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the children’s behaviour was outstanding.”

Brighter Borough is a funding scheme available to all Wigan councillors, allowing them to help out worthy projects that benefit the local community. Each year they are allowed to allocate around £5k of funding with community groups able to apply for a share.

Shevington Vale headteacher Karen Tomlinson, said: “The children in Appley Bridge and surrounding areas are now able to make full use of a school trim trail located in their grounds thanks to this help. The type of bark that has to be used is expensive as it has to be a certain quality for health and safety purposes. Also being a small school, we find it hard to maintain such an area with the necessary quality bark so asked the local councillors to help with their available funds to allow children to use the area safely again. The children do love to use the facility as it helps to keep them fit and healthy in a fun way.”

To apply for funding, contact your ward councillor. To find out who that is and how to contact them, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk