Islington’s playgrounds set for a revamp

Headteacher at Duncombe Primary School, Barrie O'Shea with pupils on the current, outdated play equi

Headteacher at Duncombe Primary School, Barrie O'Shea with pupils on the current, outdated play equipment. - Credit: Archant

Play areas across the borough are set to be revamped thanks to more than half a million pounds of funding.

A total of 12 play spaces will be redeveloped and handed new equipment as part of a £600,000 fund from Islington Active Spaces.

The fund has been provided by the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for the provision of local NHS services and works in partnership with the council.

Applicants had to show how they would use the money to develop landscapes, buy exciting new equipment or create unique outdoor play spaces.

Duncombe Primary School in Holloway has been awarded £30,000 of funding which will go towards installing a spider’s web net and all-weather trampoline centre.

Barrie O’Shea, head teacher, said: “We’re very keen to include equipment for parents to use too whilst their children play or are involved in after school activities, such as a cross trainer and exercise bike.”

The remaining play spaces which have been awarded funding are at St John’s Upper Holloway Primary School in Holloway, Girdlestone Tenants and Residents Association in Archway and St John Evangelist Primary School, Rotherfield Primary School and Copenhagen Primary School all in Islington.

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Hilldrop Community Centre and St Mark’s Primary School, both in Holloway, have also won funding along with Mount Carmel College for Girls in Archway,

Christ the King Primary School in Finsbury Park, Hugh Myddleton Primary School in Islington and Newington Green Primary School in Canonbury.

Dr Gillian Greenhough, Islington Clinical Commissioning Group Chair, said: “A key goal for Islington CCG is to ensure every child has the best start in life and an important aspect of a child’s health is physical activity.”

Work on the play spaces is due to begin this autumn and those places which have received funding will not be trained on how communities can make the most of the equipment.