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Accessible roundabout will mark final phase of seven-year playground project

PUBLISHED: 16:50 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:26 26 November 2019

Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group founder member Emma White at the Cromer Road playground, which has benefited from more than £45,000 of new equipment.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group founder member Emma White at the Cromer Road playground, which has benefited from more than £45,000 of new equipment. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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An £8,300 roundabout accessible to children with disabilities will mark the final phase of a seven-year project to transform a run-down, outdated north Norfolk playground.

Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group committee member Rob Emery (right) with collegue Dave Harding, who have repainted equipment at the Cromer Road playground for the past two years as part of a 'Day of Caring' scheme run by their employers, Fluke UK.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Playpark Revamp Group committee member Rob Emery (right) with collegue Dave Harding, who have repainted equipment at the Cromer Road playground for the past two years as part of a 'Day of Caring' scheme run by their employers, Fluke UK. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Since being set up by a small group of parents in 2012, Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group has raised more than £45,000 for new equipment, improving a junior play area by adding picnic tables and a new slide and installing a bucket swing, a basket ball hoop, a giant rope swing, a rocket climbing frame, picnic tables and new football goals in the main playground.

As well as benefiting from grants from organisations ranging from Sheringham Carnival Association, to the annual Crab and Lobster Festival, the scheme has received donations from groups and individuals including Blyth and Wright hardware store and the Crown pub, which handed over more than £1,800 raised at a weekly quiz night.

An illustration of the accessible roundabout which will mark the final phase of a seven-year scheme to improve Sheringham's Cromer Road playground.
Photo: submittedAn illustration of the accessible roundabout which will mark the final phase of a seven-year scheme to improve Sheringham's Cromer Road playground. Photo: submitted

Committee members have also organised fundraising events from cake sales, to fun days, as well as teaming up with Ladybird Pre-school Nursery to host an annual Easter bonnet parade and taking part in town events including the annual carnival raft race and New Year's Day dip.

Group founder member Emma White, who is a quality assurance manager for a North Walsham-based computer software company, said the revamp scheme had been a community affair, with dozens of local individuals and businesses offering their help.

Skye Jefferson-Pye playing on the Viking Ship installed at Sheringham playground as part of a £45,000 improvement project run by a group of parents.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSkye Jefferson-Pye playing on the Viking Ship installed at Sheringham playground as part of a £45,000 improvement project run by a group of parents. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

"Because North Norfolk District Council owns the land, it has been difficult for us to apply for grants," the mum-of-two explained. "But we have had some amazing people on the committee over the years and the support we have had has been fantastic."

Funding for the Revamp Group's final project - an inclusion roundabout with handrails, seating and space for a wheelchair - has reached £5,300 and committee members are hopeful of securing grants to cover the remaining £3,000 needed for safety surfacing.

Sheringham Playpark Revamp crew with their Jaws-inspired craft, which won wackiest raft trophy in this year's Sheringham Carnival raft race.
Photo: KAREN  BETHELLSheringham Playpark Revamp crew with their Jaws-inspired craft, which won wackiest raft trophy in this year's Sheringham Carnival raft race. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Mrs White said: "We have tried to make sure the other new equipment has been accessible to children who are less able, but this will be the first thing the playground has had which can actually accommodate a wheelchair, which is really exciting."

To find out more about appeal, visit the Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group Facebook page.

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