Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry City Council consultation on funding cut park

Residents in Coventry are being consulted on a new play area planned for Gosford Green.

The consultation will run until 28 February.

Gosford Green is the final play area on a list of nine in Coventry due to be refurbished this year as part of the government's former Playbuilder scheme.

The Playbuilder Scheme originally pledged Coventry £440,120 to revamp the play areas but this was cut to £275,007 in 2010.

The council said this left a significant shortfall.

The government said the cuts were needed to help reduce the deficit.

In August 2010, Coventry City Council cabinet members voted to go ahead with refurbishing the play areas on a reduced scale.

The total funding now allocated to the Gosford Green play area is £58,000.

Work is expected to start on the play area in the spring.

Councillor Lynnette Kelly, cabinet member for education, said: "It was a pity that the government chose to cut short the Playbuilder scheme in its final year.

"Thankfully councillors in Coventry know the value of outdoor play spaces for children and decided to go ahead with finishing the play areas with a reduced budget."

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