Amazing news for Feniton!

Viridor grant application successful …

The Parish Council heard last night that their application for funding to improve the Ely Close play area in the village has been successful.

Chairman of the Parish Council, Martyn Smith, announced the news on the village Facebook page, Feniton Focus:

Great News. The Parish Council have just heard that their bid for a grant from Viridor to renew the play area in Ely Close was successful and we will be receiving £28,000 in the near future. This means we will be able to start the work in the spring. Along with the Lottery grant of £10,000 for the QEII play area, this is more than we could have hoped for. My thanks to those who gave up their time to “go through all the hoops” needed for both of these grants. It was well worth all the effort!


The Ely Close play area in desperate need of refurbishment.

The grant from Viridor will be swelled by contributions from local businesses, residents in the village, a grant from County Councillor Phil Twiss’s Locality Budget and monies from Feniton Parish Council reserves.

While funds were being sourced, a great deal of work has been going on behind the scenes to get to this stage.

  • Community Engagement Officers from EDDC went into the primary school to consult with the children, so that the scheme is truly led by them.
  • Parish Councillors met with play area companies, each of which had their own ideas and thoughts on how best to spend the budget.
  • A steering group was set up to engage as many of the residents of the village as possible.
  • In November, a number of families came along to the Parish Council stand at St Andrew’s Fayre in the primary school to chat about the proposals and when they might come to fruition.

It’s been a busy and exciting time. However, we must now wait patiently.

In their email, Viridor says that we must wait for final sign-off by the Regulator before we can proceed. As soon as that comes through, the Parish Council will be looking to get the work done as soon as possible. The path through the Ely Close site is likely to be closed for the duration of the works (about a week).

However, that small amount of disruption will mean that Ely Close play area will provide up-to-date play facilities for the youngest (under 11 years) in the village.


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