RAF Halton Play Park Project
On the 4 February 2015, the RAF Halton Station Commander, Group Captain Adrian Burns, officially declared the long awaited Play Park Project open. The requirement for the project was first highlighted by the RAF Halton Youth Club who were comparing facilities in the local area and noticed that the Tedder Road and Haddington Close play parks were in desperate need of a face lift. The whole process has seen these completely refurbished as well as the installation of a brand new multi-use games area (MUGA).
Lightmain was the chosen company to deliver the facilities due to their proven delivery at other military sites and Annington Homes were approached for permission to build the MUGA on a disused car park. Final permissions were granted by the Bucks County Council Planning Authority which gave the project the green light.
The Play Park Project has had the benefit of a number of funding sources from the Station as well as two significant external contributors. The first contribution came from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme, which aims to improve integration between the military and civilian communities, who pledged £200,000 to the project. The play parks are ideally situated close to MOD provided Service Families Accommodation but are easily accessible by the local community as well which made the refurbishment ideal for Covenant funding, as the newly established Princess Mary’s Gate housing development will also reap the benefits of the Haddington Close parks. The other main external contributor was from Section 106 funding, with a contribution of £90,000. This funding is provided through a levy paid by housing developers to local councils to help fund community projects.
Assisting the Station Commander at the opening was the Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Councillor Zahir Mohammed. Councillor Mohammed, who is also the Armed Forces Champion for Buckinghamshire, enthused that the new facilities will “be a fantastic resource for the children and young people of both Service and Civilian families”. He went on to say, “they’ll be a great benefit to the communities of Wendover and Halton for many years to come.”
After many months and years of planning the sites at Tedder Road and Haddington Close are now the home of brand-new top quality recreational facilities for kids from RAF Halton and the local community.