Funding approved for access and play area improvements at Hall Om Wong Kimberley


The local community in Kimberley are set to get an improved play area and open space thanks to a £54,000 grant from FCC Communities Foundation.

Councillor Helen Skinner, Chair of the Climate Change and Environment Committee at Broxtowe Borough Council believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Kimberley. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our play area and open space improvements taking shape over the coming months”

The improvements to Hall Om Wong have been designed following extensive consultation with local people and will see an extended play area with a large area of rubber surfacing installed, complete with play equipment to suit a range of ages and abilities. Access points and paths will be improved to make the open space more welcoming and woodland paths will be surfaced to make them accessible all year round. Other improvements include fencing and habitat creation, with an area of meadow to be created to benefit pollinating insects.

The project has been designed in accordance with Broxtowe Borough Council’s Green Futures Initiative and as well as improving habitat for threatened pollinating insects the work will be as sustainable as possible. Any concrete, wood or steel from the old play area will be taken away for recycling, with no material transported to landfill. Recycled aggregates will be used in construction of the area and the old bark from the play area will be recycled on site as path surfacing. The safer rubber surfacing will be made from recycled rubber, with the area using and estimated 1,000 tyres to complete and all the new equipment will all be constructed from materials that can be recycled at the end of their service life.