Louth park renovation will benefit disabled kids

Sharissa at Keddington Road play area with friends and family members. EMN-150223-163928001
Sharissa at Keddington Road play area with friends and family members. EMN-150223-163928001

The play park at Keddington Road, Louth, is set to see disabled-friendly equipment added to it as part of a renovation next month.

The infant section of the District Council managed play park will see older equipment replaced with new items, while the junior section will benefit from a new surface.

Work will start on March 2 and is expected to be finished by the end of the month.

During the work the play park will be closed. Alternative play parks can be found at Sandringham Drive and Spire View Road in Louth.

Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Coun Adam Grist, said: “I am pleased that we can invest substantially in our play parks so that our youngest residents have somewhere safe and free to play.

“The introduction of disabled-friendly play equipment was something we have wanted to see in our play areas for a long time. Members of the community also mentioned this type of provision at a recent meeting of Louth Area Committee so I’m pleased we’re able to deliver this as part of the improvements.”

In addition to the works planned for the play area at Keddington Road, the District Council has proposed a £200k investment in its 2015-16 budget to improve some of its existing children’s playground facilities. The draft budget will go to full council today (Wednesday, February 25).

Local campaigner Shari-Ann Hubball, whose six-year-old daughter Sharissa suffers from a disability, said that her family will “definitely” use the new facilities.

Shari-Ann added: “When we go to the park, Sharissa can’t play. She has to just sit and watch the others.

“All the councillors I spoke to really wanted to help, but maybe they hadn’t realised the extent of the problem.”