Upgraded play and social spaces on the way for Middlegate
Work to upgrade play areas and create new exercise and social spaces for residents of Great Yarmouth's Middlegate estate has begun.
The £860,000 scheme will see the creation of a new Middlegate Gardens area with communal green space for residents of neighbouring homes; three upgraded play areas, including some accessible play equipment; and a new trim trail.
The work is being funded by the Government's Estate Regeneration Fund following a successful bid by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and is expected to complete in October.
The scheme began with the removal of a fenced games area off King Street, known as a multi-use games area or MUGA, that residents have reported as being a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
This now vacant area will be joined up with several small fenced-off outside spaces to be turned into a single large communal garden, after residents agreed to proposals to share the space. It will also get new trees, fencing, and lighting.
Two play areas at Clarendon Close and a play area at Dorset Close will all get new play equipment made with natural materials, and new seating and lighting. The revamped areas will feature a range of play equipment, mostly made of wood and other natural materials.
The final strand of the scheme will create a new physical activity trail of outdoor gym and play equipment on a grass area on the east side of Tolhouse Street, between Nottingham Way and Sackville Close.
Cllr Andy Grant, chair of the housing and neighbourhood committee, said: "This is an ambitious scheme and it is really great to see local residents coming together to help the Council create a large shared area for play and socialising.
"The upgraded play areas and improved lighting and security features will really make a difference to the area, and help people enjoy their local areas all the more."
Residents can visit the Council's website at great-yarmouth.gov.uk/middlegate-regeneration to keep up to date on the planned work and updated information on access and bin collection arrangements during the project.