Funds secured through partnership for Emsworth play area

Friday, 20 January, 2023

Funding for the complete refurbishment of the Spencers Field play area has been secured by Havant Borough Council in partnership with the Spencers Field Community Group.

Through hard work, multiple bids have secured £85,000 to fund the refurbishment. Funding came from:

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Fund: £30,000
  • The Emsworth Forum CIL: £30,000
  • National Lottery: £10,000
  • The Emsworth Residents Association: £5,000
  • County Councillor Grants: £2,000

Remaining funds are made up of community fundraising, including monies donated to a charitable skydive by 76-year-old resident Geordie Richardson.

The refurbishment is just one part of a series of play area refits in the borough. Havant Borough Council has already completed work on play areas in Jubilee Park, Waterlooville and Emsworth Park and has consulted on improvements at Front Lawn, Leigh Park and Bidbury Mead, Bedhampton.

Councillor Gwen Robinson said "I'm delighted to see the funding has been secured for the Spencers Field play area. Working in partnership has meant we can secure an asset that will keep our children happy and healthy for many years to come. The next stage will be engaging with the community and capturing their thoughts on what they want to see in the play area."

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