Thousands to be spent on town play areas

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COUNCILLORS have voted to spend £92,000 on building better play areas in Gosport.

Parks and recreation grounds in the town will benefit from new equipment and shelters.

In Walpole Park, the council will spend £15,000 installing outdoor fitness equipment so people to work out and keep fit.

Elson Recreation Ground will be given a £20,000 upgrade.

Rowner Copse Park will see a £50,000 boost to put in new equipment after vandalism damaged most of the facilities there.

And youngsters at Lee-on-the-Solent’s skate park will be given a new youth shelter costing £7,000.

Deputy leader of Gosport Borough Council Councillor Graham Burgess said: ‘We all realise that during these hard times people are looking for more things to do with the family that are close to home and at little or no cost.

‘So we’re delighted to have agreed these new facilities which will provide hours of entertainment for families.’

The council hopes to start work on the play areas in the autumn, ready for the parks to be upgraded for spring next year.