CHILDREN in Deighton are to get a new play area, but only if more money can be found.
A report to councillors says there has been a long-standing need to provide play facilities for five to 12-year-olds living in the Whitacre Close area.
Questionnaires and surveys have shown it is a priority to provide an area to keep youngsters off the street, so diverting them from anti-social behaviour and criminal activities.
Members of Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield North Area Committee gave £10,000 to the plan, which is expected to cost initially just over £104,000.
The surface alone will cost £42,000.
Making a new access to it and then maintaining it and tidying the area will increase the cost.
The committee was asked to approve a contribution to the scheme so further bids for matched funding can be made.
Children will be involved in the design process and with choosing which type of play equipment is installed.
The report says there are 54 properties on Whitacre Close. If cash is secured Kirklees hopes the scheme could be completed before next April.