A RINGING endorsement has been given to the creation of a new £250,000 playpark with work now expected to start this summer.

Since May 2018 Scottish Borders Council has invested £2.1m to enhance the region’s network of playparks and community spaces – with a further £647,000 earmarked to be spent in the forthcoming financial year.

As part of this leisure drive ‘destination play areas’ have been delivered in Harestanes, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Hawick, Coldstream and Newtown St Boswells, with further projects planned in Jedburgh, Duns, Eyemouth and Earlston.

Now approval has been granted to push ahead with a new facility at Allerley Well Park in Jedburgh, to be designed by Kettering-based Wickstead Leisure Limited.

During negotiations with Wickstead it was agreed to increase the scope and the cost of the project from the original amount of £200,000 to £250,000 – with Jedburgh Common Good Sub-Committee requested to fork out the extra £50k from its budget.

And members of the sub-committee rubber-stamped that funding request when they met on Monday, February 28.

The new play park will be accessible to all with 25 separate attractions, including a central feature of a bespoke multi-play area, which is to include a 6.5m long double width slide and a locally inspired climbing rockspace feature.

The play park will cover 920 square metres and will be surrounded by fencing and wetpour safety surfacing.

A report to the sub-committee said “The additional funding will enhance the playpark to provide more equipment and provide a greater experience for children using it.”

That proved a persuasive argument for Councillor Sandy Scott, speaking at this week’s meeting, who said: “I’m obviously a bit wary of spending fifty grand but my grandchildren thoroughly enjoy Galashiels and enjoy Harestanes so I have been swayed in this.”

The matter has to go before full council for formal approval.