Derby

South Derbyshire parks get disabled access grant

Artists view of accessible roundabout
Image caption Officials said healthy lifestyles for all were a priority

Parks in Derbyshire are to be made more accessible to disabled children, thanks to a £60,000 grant.

Roundabouts with wheelchair access, musical activity panels and adapted picnic benches will be installed in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock.

Accessible play equipment will also be added to a number of other Derbyshire Dales District Council run parks.

The authority said play and sport in its parks should be open to as many people as possible.

Work is expected be be completed at Ashbourne Recreation Ground, Bakewell Recreation Ground and Matlock Hall Leys Park by the end of the month.

Chairman of the district council's Community and Environment Committee, Steve Bull said: "We know from listening to local people that healthy lifestyles continue to be a priority in the Derbyshire Dales.

"We are delighted the district council has won this substantial funding so disabled children can play alongside able-bodied friends and family members."

The funding comes from the county council's Aiming High project.

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