A Goldington park is set for a make-over thanks to Councillors Jade Uko and Anthony Forth, who have successfully bid for a grant of up to £12,000 to turn it into an outdoor gym for local residents of all ages.
The Ettrick Drive project beat thousands of other bidders for cash from a nationwide grant funded by grocery retailers Tesco. The Tesco Bags of Help Scheme uses money raised from the statutory 5p plastic bag charge in stores in England, Wales and Scotland to improve green spaces in communities.
The Bedford Borough Councillors for Goldington Ward are appealing to local shoppers to ‘vote’ in store for the project and boost the total grant available to them.
The voting will take place from 27 February for a week. Depending on the number of votes the grant will be £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.
There will be a consultation event held in the park on 12 March 11am -1pm when residents will be invited to choose the equipment they prefer for the gym.
Cllr Jade Uko said: ‘‘The project is an important step forward in revitalizing an area which has been run down for a number of years. To be able to deliver this scheme at a time of severe budget cuts shows that we are committed to finding alternative sources of funding to provide facilities for the residents of Goldington. Parks and public spaces are often designed with children in mind offering play equipment and benches with little or no activities or amenities for people of a mixed age range who are also part of the community. We are aiming to change all that ‘’
Cllr Anthony Forth added: “Exercise in the fresh air is good for health but more importantly, communities are stronger and happier when they can come together for activities, for all ages, in excellent outdoor spaces. That is my hope for Goldington and I am delighted that Tesco is joining us in making this happen.”
Cllr Forth and Cllr Uko are Bedford Borough Councillors for Goldington Ward.
Further details of the funding can b
e found at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp