Dunmow given �25,000 Aiming High grant for new play equipment

DUNMOW Town Council has been given over �25,000 to spend on play equipment for disabled children.

Uttlesford District Council’s community development officer Sue Hayden approached the town council after the money was devolved down from government.

Mrs Hayden said: “The money is an Aiming High for Disabled Children grant from central government that went to Essex County Council and then split up between the districts. Uttlesford received �25,534 in total.

“Aiming High provides disabled children and young people, as well as their families, the chance of an ordinary life. The money we received was all about inclusive play – getting able and disabled children to play together.”

The district and town councils have decided the equipment will be installed at the recreational ground play area.

“We chose Dunmow because we had to get a project up and running quickly and they already had a suitable site,” added Mrs Hayden.

“The recreational ground already has good access, parking, a skate park, open spaces and, most importantly, it is well used so we are making the most of what we have.”

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Dunmow deputy town clerk David Green said: “Sue approached me saying some money had become available for some play equipment and could Dunmow use it so I jumped at the opportunity.

“We have sent off for some quotes so we are waiting to hear back from the companies. We are looking at any equipment that is dual purpose so disabled children can enjoy it as well as able children.”

The money has to be have been spent by the end of the current financial year or it will be revoked, meaning the town council has just over four months to buy the play equipment.