18 May 2012

New play area ‘kicks off’ as sides come together to score a goal!

A new 'Kickabout Zone' has been unveiled at the Little Battens play area in Chippenham – the result of a joint initiative between Chippenham Town Council, GreenSquare, and Wiltshire Council.

In response to a request by the young people who live in the area for somewhere to play football in a space that was dog-free, the three organisations formed a partnership and have jointly funded a fenced-off area with new football goals and synthetic turf goal-mouths.

The new facility was opened by the young people themselves together with Councillor Desna Allen (Chair of Chippenham Area Board – Wiltshire Council), the Mayor of Chippenham Councillor Andy Phillips and Helen Barbrook, GreenSquare's Community Involvement Head for Wiltshire.

Helen Barbrook, GreenSquare's Community Involvement Head for Wiltshire, said: "The need for this facility was identified several years ago by young people involved in our Voice It Project, and featured in our residents' business plan, so it's fantastic to now see it in place.

"Not only did young people suggest the idea for this area, it was young people who then consulted others in the neighbourhood to check there was support for it. This is a great example of an enhancement to the neighbourhood happening as a direct result of what local people were asking for - and we're delighted that this partnership has made it possible."

Pictured L-R:
Cllr. Desna Allen (Chair of Chippenham Area Board – Wiltshire Council), Jake Nickless-Mooney (GreenSquare Young Advisor), the Mayor of Chippenham Cllr Andy Phillips, Cllr. Nina Phillips (Chippenham Town Council and Wiltshire Council) and Helen Barbrook (GreenSquare Community Involvement Head for Wiltshire), and Imogen Johnson (GreenSquare Young Advisor).

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