Play is vital for the development of children

Today Sefton’s Cabinet agreed the 3rd and last round of grants under what¬†Government calls the Playbuilder Capital Grant scheme. The 8 final schemes approved today are in Crossens Community Park – Southport, Deansgate Lane Park -Formby, Moorside Park – Crosby, Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre, and 4 others promoted by 3 of Sefton’s Parish Councils. These 4 are Lydiate Parish Council’s Sandy Lane Park, Aintree Village Parish Council’s Harrow Drive Park and Maghull Town Council’s Glenn and Dodds Parks.

Whilst because of the national financial crisis the grants have had to be reduced the fact that we finally got this list approved pleases me greatly. When the 3 year package first appeared I noticed that Sefton did not exactly break a leg to tell the 3 Parish Councils who run their own parks and gardens in the Borough¬†about it, so I did! In the end all 3 wanted to bid for a grant and all 3 did so. My Parish Council colleagues led by Andrew Blackburn, who is well known for his youth work in the East Parishes part of the Borough, got bids in for Lydiate and Maghull and Terry Baldwin’s Team in Aintree Village got one in from their Parish. All were good bids and now all 3 have been successful. Another feather in the caps of our local Parish Councils.

Yes, Sefton could have taken the money and used it elsewhere but my strong view was that we had allowed these 8 schemes to run on and it was just not right to pull the money at the last gasp. A little good news in a sea of very bad news as far as local government is concerned, so lets celebrate it!

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