New Play Area opens


The newly refurbished Mortimer Drive play area in Sandbach was officially opened on Saturday 1st November, by Sandbach councillor Sam Corcoran.  Sandbach Town Mayor, Cllr. Elsie Alcock, attended and thanked everyone who had contributed to the project and made it possible.

The completion of the play area, once described as probably the worst play area in Cheshire East, had been eagerly anticipated by the local community and in the week since it became ready for use, it was proving to be hugely popular with children, parents and grandparents.

The refurbishment project was spearheaded by a small number of local residents who, together with Cllr Corcoran, formed the Friends of Mortimer Drive Play Area and then set about the task of securing the substantial funding required to complete the project.   

A very generous £50,000 grant was awarded by WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said “WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The Mortimer Drive Play Area will make a fantastic space for local families to get outdoors and have some fun.  We are delighted to support the Friends of Mortimer Drive Play Area in making this project happen for the benefit of the local community.”

Additional substantial funding was welcomed from Cheshire East Council, Morris Homes S106 funds (£32,000), Sandbach Town Council (£15,000) and Dane Plus Housing (£500).  All funding partners were warmly thanked by the Friends of Mortimer Drive Group for their generous contributions to the play area project.

Commenting on the opening, Cllr Corcoran said “I am delighted to see this new playground opened. I would like to thank all the Friends of Mortimer Drive Play Area who have worked so hard for over a year to make this happen.  This has been a really good community project and I hope that all the local community will support and enhance the play area in the future.”

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