Playtime for Brockley

The Council has been given £1 million by the Government to spend on Lewisham's children's play facilities and Cllr Walton would like to hear our suggestions for how some of it could be put to use in Brockley over the next three years.

We know that Hilly Fields Users Group is looking for funds to rebuild and enhance the play area, to create something more like the facilities in Telegraph Hill. So we'd vote for some of the money to go to that project, a facility that will be accessible to all and greatly enhance one of our prize assets. Tanners Hill would be another obvious choice.

Here's the release - Cllr Walton's promised to raise any good suggestions at Council level:

Lewisham awarded £1m to develop play areas

Lewisham Council has been awarded funding of around £1 million over 3 years by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) for the transformation and creation of 20-25 play areas in the borough. This capital funding will allow approximately £50k for each play area to be developed.

Lewisham Council is seeking the views of local residents, including young people, on how they would like to improve and/or develop a play area in their local area. Following this, the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, will select the new sites and local Third Sector organisations will be invited to tender to build the new play areas.

This DCSF programme is part of central government’s agenda, recently highlighted in its Children’s Plan, to improve play opportunities for children and young people. This is to ensure children enjoy their childhood and to contribute to key social and health priorities, such as tackling obesity. Play can also act as a gateway to structured, positive activities and support services for children and families who may be hard to reach through other routes.

To submit an interest in developing an area, we need to know the following information:

- Name and address of the proposed site
- Whether there has been any consultation with the community and children and young people about what they want
- Who would lead on this
- Who would be the beneficiaries
- What will make this area exciting to children and young people
- How it will ensure access to children of all abilities
- How boys and girls will use this area
- Your name and address
Lewisham’s Play Partnership board is responsible for improving play facilities and will decide which bids are successful.
Please forward your views and ideas by Friday 20 June 2008, to: Chris Bull, Children's Centres, Childcare and Play, 3rd Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, SE6 4RU E-mail: Telephone: 020 8314 3685