Canterbury Road, Blacon all set for play and open space improvements thanks to WREN FCC Community Action Fund

15 March 2018

Residents and young people in Blacon, are set to receive improved play, sport and open space enhancements at a popular open space on Canterbury Road.  Thanks to a generous funding grant of £40,000 from funding body WREN and match funding by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The money awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to upgrade the play area, create a new pedestrian pathway, complete youth play and junior football improvements along with some soft landscaping works at Canterbury Road open space.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing said: “The project will provide much needed improved play provision for local young people; the site had been identified within our Play Strategy.   I am delighted that representatives from St. Theresa’s Primary School, School Council, who participated in the community consultation, will now get better play facilities and I would like to thank them for their enthusiastic input in helping to shape the play designs and to WREN for contributing funding towards this important community project.” WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Cheshire, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the new play facilities at Canterbury Road and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Blacon. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

A total investment of £123K will enable the full programme of improvements to be delivered for this project.    It is envisaged the scheme will be complete by the end of August 2018.

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