Buckingham schoolkids at opening of playground they helped design

The opening of the new Stratford Fields play area in Buckingham.Children from Bourton Meadow School with from the left,Lesley Davies,AVDC,Neil Pasmore,AVDC,Julie Brandon,AVDC,Cllr Michael Rand,vice-chairman AVDC who opened it and Cllr Tim Mills,Buckingham Town Council and AVDC.'110707M-D448
The opening of the new Stratford Fields play area in Buckingham.Children from Bourton Meadow School with from the left,Lesley Davies,AVDC,Neil Pasmore,AVDC,Julie Brandon,AVDC,Cllr Michael Rand,vice-chairman AVDC who opened it and Cllr Tim Mills,Buckingham Town Council and AVDC.'110707M-D448

PUPILS from Buckingham’s Bourton Meadow School were among guests of honour at the opening of a new playground in town last week.

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) had consulted with youngsters from the school to find out what they wanted from a new play area. Local residents were also asked for feedback on the design.

And on Thursday, children had the chance to see the results and put the £65,000 new facility through its paces, when it was officially opened by vice-chairman of AVDC Michael Rand.

The play area includes traditional and imaginative play equipment that can be used by children of all abilities, from toddlers to young teenagers. A nest swing, climbing net, spinning dish, rope bridge and playhouse are among the fun features for youngsters to enjoy.

Cabinet member for leisure David Thompson said: “This is a fantastic facility and I hope the children will enjoy playing on such an imaginative and well designed play area. I would like to thank all the local children and members of the community who helped us with the design.”

AVDC committed £40,000 to the project, with further funding secured through section 106 planning development funds.

The district council is also planning a complete refurb for the play areas at Overn Avenue and Otters Brook, with work hopefully starting in the autumn and the play areas reopened by the end of the year.