Fight on to save village play pod

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 May 2011

BanwellSign  ;    Banwell   Recreation Ground  and Village Sign   14-04-10   DK

BanwellSign ; Banwell Recreation Ground and Village Sign 14-04-10 DK

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YOUNGSTERS in Banwell are campaigning to keep organised play activities in their village this summer.

The teenagers have reformed the village youth council as part of an effort to push North Somerset Council for the necessary funding.

It comes after a play pod based at the recreation ground was closed following the loss of lottery funding.

The facility was part of a play ranger scheme aimed at children aged from 10 to 14 and was 
kitted out with den building materials, circus skills and sports equipment.

It is due to move to Pill, where a grant has been awarded for the scheme by Easton-in-Gordano Parish Council.

But former youth council chairman Lauren Griffin, speaking at a parish council meeting on Monday night, announced she was planning to spearhead a campaign to keep the pod in the 
village.

Lauren told members she would put pressure on North Somerset Council for money to run the play scheme in the summer.

She said: “This is a valuable service enjoyed by many young people in the village, it would be a big shame to lose it, so we’re going to try to keep it.”

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