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This Day In 2002 - Play Area Is Back In The Swing

Youngsters in Maiden Newton are enjoying and £18,000 refit of the village’s play area.

The playground was closed a year ago after vandals ripped up equipment, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Now new fencing, safety surfacing, two sets of swings, a slide, see-saw and other pieces of equipment have been installed. The site was reopened by West Dorset District Council chairman Mary Penfold with Nicola Graham, aged 10, who is a pupil at Greenford School in Maiden Newton.

Funds for the project were raised by the council with the help of Morrish Builders, of Poole.

Chairman of Maiden Newton parish council, Maurice Harvey, said: “It was a sad day when we were forced to close the play area, but everyone is very pleased with the new equipment. I would like to thank West Dorset District Council for its help in funding the improvements.”

Chairman of the district council’s development control east committee, Dennis Maggs, said the opening ceremony went extremely well.

He said of the project: “In this case Morrish Builders agreed to contribute £10,000 towards this project instead of providing public open space in a nearby housing development.

[From the Dorset Echo 26-03-2002]

Published: 26-03-12 by Jon Sloper

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