VIDEO: Councillors swing into action to rejuvenate town play park

Children in Market Rasen have around 80,000 reasons to be happy after a new rejuvenated play park was unveiled by the town council at the weekend.

Work on Mill Road Playing Field is now complete and on Saturday councillors took a tour of the new facility, which has seen an investment of around £80,000 by the local authority.

Market Rasen Town Councillors at the launch of the new look Mill Road Playing Field

Market Rasen Town Councillors at the launch of the new look Mill Road Playing Field

The programme of work has seen a new play area installed, a new multi-use games area (MUGA) built and a new footpath laid.

A lot of the work is down to the vision of Coun Margaret Lakin-Whitworth who has been pushing for the development for the past decade.

Coun Lakin-Whitworth was not able to inspect her finished project as she is overseas visiting family.

In her absence, Coun John Matthews said: “I am very pleased to see the completion of this wonderful facility for the Town’s children.

“The infants’ play area and MUGA are great additions to this playing area and I hope that our young people enjoy them.

“I am sure that Margaret will be delighted with the results on her return.”

The project was also 
helped along by the town’s district councillor Burt Keimach, who donated £1,000 to the build from his councillor initiative 

Coun Matthews added: “We are grateful to the support of WLDC for their £1k grant and to the contractors Hags-SMP for their fine workmanship.

“The town council is determined to improve the leisure facilities within Market Rasen and our next project is for an adult recreational area on De Aston Field.”

Providing a new play park which appeals to young children and teenagers alike in Market Rasen has not been an easy job and the town council has had to overcome a number of hurdles along the way.

Apart from having to gather the funds together to finance the project, councillors faced a set back four years ago when work first began on the site.

Plans to revamp the skate park on Mill Road Playing Field came to an abrupt, and costly, end, when it was found that the recycled soil that was being used to construct the new ramps contained asbestos and needed to be professionally removed and cleaned.

Contractors did not face an easy task when it came to installing the new equipment in December.

The two-week project over-ran, partly down to a problem with supplies, but also due to an arson attack, which saw a portable loo destroyed and the footpath and fencing close-by badly scorched.

Town councillors are now calling on everyone who uses Mill Road Playing Field to treat it with respect so it can be an asset for many years to come.