Fair play - that's game, set and match to us!

December 21 2018
Fair play - that's game, set and match to us!

PLAY areas and sports facilities in Hanham are to receive the lion's share of a £80,000 windfall.

The funding, secured by South Gloucestershire Council from developers, has been confirmed to go towards a number of sport facilities and public spaces in Hanham.

Among the projects to benefit is the play area on Greenbank Road which will be revamped and upgraded to the tune of £63,000.

Woodlands Tennis Club in Bibury Crescent is set to receive just over £14,300 which will be spent on an electronic gate system, tennis coaching equipment, grounds maintenance equipment and pavilion improvements.

The landscape around Court Road and Pettigrove Road in Kingswood will also be enhanced, thanks to more than £4,500.

The money - known as Section 106 funding - is raised through contributions from developers in negotiation with South Gloucestershire Council and is used to support open spaces that would benefit new and existing residents.

Celebrating the news were Hanham parish councillors Ian Richardson and Brenda Langley and Hanham ward councillor June Bamford, who also serves on Hanham Parish Council.

They were joined by Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore, at the play area to discuss ideas for the site’s new upgrades.

Cllr June Bamford said: "I am pleased that residents in Hanham will soon be able to enjoy these enhancements to our community."

Cllrs Richardson and Langley said: "It is important that we provide facilities to enable local residents of all ages to remain active so we are so very happy to see that Greenbank Road play area and Woodlands Tennis Club will be improved. 

"We hope that as a result of these upgrades to the equipment and facilities, will benefit people of all ages, with more residents using the play area and out on the tennis courts."

Mr Skidmore said: "I look forward to seeing the work completed in the near future and being enjoyed by our residents."

Cllr Paul Hughes, South Gloucestershire's cabinet member for Communities and Tourism, said: "In this round of Section 106 funding releases, we have been able to provide community projects and facilities with more than £150,000 and I am delighted that such a substantial amount will be able to benefit the Hanham community."