Designing the future

Erewash residents have the chance to decide on a brand new look for a popular play area. Erewash Borough Council won an external funding bid for £70,000 for the refurbishment of Larklands Play Area in Ilkeston.

Two artists’ impressions of different play areas have been put forward and residents are being invited to pick their favourite with the most popular design selected to create a fantastic new play area for children to enjoy.

The ambitious project will see a range of exciting new play equipment installed, as well as new safety surfacing and fencing. The play area will be fully accessible and will cater for a wide age range and it is hoped that completion will by the end of this year.

Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Paul Maginnis, says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to have their say in the design of the new play area. Both designs offer a multitude of fun play equipment and, whichever one is chosen, this will benefit children and families for years to come, so please take the time to choose your favourite!”

External funding has come from FCC Communities Foundation, which is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. The bid for funding was supported by Ilkeston Parents for Play and Kensington Junior Academy in Ilkeston, with the council also contributing to the project.

To take part in the online survey visit where the two designs can be viewed, or email [email protected] with your decision, ‘Option 1’ or ‘Option 2’. Please mention ‘Larklands Play Area Consultation’ in the subject field of your email.

The consultation closes at 9am on Wednesday 4 August 2021.


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