Shefford play areas re-open after makeover

Shefford re-opened two play areas last weekend
Shefford re-opened two play areas last weekend

Two popular play areas in Shefford were re-opened last weekend during brief ceremonies attended by the Mayor.

The re-opening of the play areas at Kingfisher Road and Bellcote Meadow was the culmination of over a year’s work for Town Councillors and Central Beds Officers.

Children attended brief ceremonies at the areas

Children attended brief ceremonies at the areas

Town Mayor Paul Mackin said: “What is important is that the equipment that has been provided is of the highest quality and has passed all the relevant safety tests.

“We hope that the people using this equipment will respect it and use it sensibly.

“It has cost a lot of money that has been paid by the developers of the new housing estates that have come to our town.”

The funding for the works to the play areas came from Developer Contributions, also known as Section 106 funding, from several of the recent housing developments that have popped up round Shefford during the last few years.

The Revised Town Plan indicated that more equipment was needed in some areas and some needed updating.

The Kingfisher Road play area was already most suitable for younger children and new equipment was specified to be suitable for the lower age ranges.

The decision was taken to open all the refurbished areas on the same day. Each of the areas was ‘oficially’ opened by local children tearing off a ribbon.

Martha’s Tea Rooms supplied a quantity of ‘goody bags’ for the children, many of whom turned the event into a picnic even though the sun was hiding most of the time.

A third play area off Churchill Way will be opened this weekend.