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Five new pieces of equipment to be installed at North End Park this summer

Work to upgrade the play facilities at Driffield’s North End Park will get underway this summer with funding secured for five new pieces of equipment.

Over recent weeks, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC), which manages and maintains the park on North Street, has been asking residents for their views on how the town’s main play park can be improved.

The consultation via the Commonplace Engagement website, which closed on 9th March, received 524 responses from the public who were asked to choose their top three pieces of play equipment from a total of six options.

The piece of equipment which received the most votes was a zip wire with 349 votes, followed by a multi-functional frame with 268 votes and a multi-use games area with 261 votes.

The other three pieces of equipment for people to vote for were a climbing frame, log swing and accessible roundabout.

ERYC said it has secured funding to install five of the six pieces of equipment, with procurement for the designs currently out for tender.

The only piece of equipment that is not included in the budget is the climbing frame, but it is possible that the multi-functional frame will include some climbing apparatus.

A spokesperson for ERYC said: “We are grateful to the residents of Driffield for taking part in the Commonplace consultation period and have reflected on the results of the survey to plan for future developments at North End Park which includes five of the top requested items.

“We believe the improvements planned will have a long-lasting and positive impact for the users of the park and we very much encourage residents to use the park when the project has been completed in a responsible way.

“It is expected that the work will be completed in early summer 2022 due to a long lead time for the equipment.”

Driffield Town Council has worked alongside ERYC to ensure that local families and users of the park have their say on the improvements they wish to see in the park.

Town clerk Claire Binnington said the new equipment will be a huge asset to the town.

She said: “Driffield Town Council is delighted that North End Park is to receive this much needed upgrade and renovation.

“We are especially pleased that, through the Commonplace consultation, we know that the new pieces of equipment will be popular and very well used.

“It is exciting that at last Driffield will get a zip wire and the multi-use area amongst other things – things many people have been requesting for years.

“We would like to thank those ERYC officers who have worked hard to secure this equipment and the funding.”

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