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Norfolk village set to get £60,000 revamped playing field

PUBLISHED: 11:15 04 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:15 04 June 2019

Families join Norman Lamb at Sea Palling playing field in Clink Road. Pictures: David Bale

Families join Norman Lamb at Sea Palling playing field in Clink Road. Pictures: David Bale

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It's already a huge tourist destination with a Blue Flag beach and now it's set to get a £60,000 revamped playground.

Norman Lamb looks at the plans ro revamp Sea Palling playing field in Clink Road. Pictures: David BaleNorman Lamb looks at the plans ro revamp Sea Palling playing field in Clink Road. Pictures: David Bale

The current playground and equipment at Sea Palling playing field dates back to 2002 and is very run-down.

Local fundraising has started to replace the equipment and revamp the Clink Road site and the Sea Palling with Waxham Community Trust (SPWCT), which manages it, has committed £30,000 towards the project. The group is also applying for a grant from North Norfolk District Council's Big Society Fund.

Resident Sarah Sandys-Renton had the idea for the revamped playground and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb visited the site on Monday, June 3 to give it his blessing.

Mr Lamb said: "It's a fantastic project, and there's clearly a very strong community here. It will be a fantastic resource for everyone living here, including a lot of young families, and for holidaymakers."

Plans for new £60,000 Sea Palling playing ground. Pictures: David BalePlans for new £60,000 Sea Palling playing ground. Pictures: David Bale

Mrs Sandys-Renton said: "We're in the midst of a big fundraising push to replace the very outdated equipment, some of which is broken to the point that it cannot be used.

"We need to raise around £60,000 to regenerate the playground with modern equipment that encourages social and cognitive development, as well as physical development.

"This will include items specifically designed for disabled children as well as items with flexible use, which are interesting to children of varying needs and abilities."

SPWCT committee member Russell Tanner said: "We plan to start work in October and it should take six weeks to build. We might relaunch the site then, or next spring."

Plans for new £60,000 Sea Palling playing ground. Pictures: David BalePlans for new £60,000 Sea Palling playing ground. Pictures: David Bale

The committee's honorary secretary and trustee Pam Millsted said: "The playing field used to be down by the old school. When that closed, villagers wanted something more in the middle of the village and approached the trust, which rook in their charity. The playing field, which is about an acre in size, opened in 2002."

District councillor for Sea Palling, Harry Blathwayt added: "This will be an asset for the village in so many ways. It will give extra value to people coming here and people living here."

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/SPF1000 or www.facebook.com/SPF5000/

Sea Palling playing field. Pictures: David BaleSea Palling playing field. Pictures: David Bale

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