Horden beauty spot celebrates play area cash boost

Pictured on the site of a new play area in Cotsford Park Estate, Horden are l-r residents John Maudling snr., Joyce Maudling, Paul Ryan, Christine Ritchie, Tracy Maudling, John Maudling and Coun. June Clark, on Wednesday.
Pictured on the site of a new play area in Cotsford Park Estate, Horden are l-r residents John Maudling snr., Joyce Maudling, Paul Ryan, Christine Ritchie, Tracy Maudling, John Maudling and Coun. June Clark, on Wednesday.
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A £54,000 cash boost at a Horden park is set to be child’s play for active youngsters.

Work is underway on a revamp of Costford Park, which will include plush new play equipment.

East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) has supported the scheme by helping to secure £48,000 from the Impetus Environmental Trust and local councillors Paul Straddling and June Clark have contributed £3,000 each from their Neighbourhood Budgets.  

Nicky Graves, trust administrator with Impetus Environmental Trust, said: “We are proud to help this locally led project which will greatly enhance the environment and create a safe place for children to run about outside and play.”

Swings and roundabouts and a brand new climbing frame and slide will be introduced to the land which is owned by Horden Parish Council.

John Maudling, chairman of the Cotsford Park Working Group, which is behind the drive for the new play area, said: “Many thanks to Impetus Trust, our local councillors and all other residents and members of our Cotsford Park Working Group - this project has brought the whole community together and will be greatly appreciated by local children and residents alike for many years.”

Representatives from Cotsford Park Play Area Group and Horden Regeneration Partnership joined John Maudling at the site on Wednesday to cut the first turf.

Horden Parish Council, local councillors, other local residents and Paul Ryan from the AAP were also be on hand.