THOUSANDS of Huddersfield children will benefit from new money for play areas.
The Government yesterday handed Kirklees Council £1m to develop at least 20 play areas.
Kirklees is one of the first parts of the country to benefit from the PlayBuilder funding.
The council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, Clr Jim Dodds, is pleased with the extra money.
He said: “Play is a really important part of children’s lives. It helps them to develop socially, physically and emotionally, to make friends, to take some risks, to stretch themselves and, importantly, to have fun.
“I am delighted that so many children in Kirklees will benefit from this award.”
Secretary of State for children, schools and families Ed Balls said: “Children need places which allow them to meet their friends and have fun - being able to burn off their energy in unstructured play is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and life.
“That is why we’re making such a big commitment to invest in outdoor play facilities for children.”
Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford also welcomed the new money.
She said: “This is great news. I’m delighted that we are one of the first parts of the country to receive this funding.
“It will mean we can develop and rebuild children’s play areas to benefit thousands of families in the area.
“This funding from the Labour Government will help to ensure all children have somewhere safe, stimulating and exciting to play outdoors.”
Ms Mountford added that residents should decide where new play areas are located.
She said: “I want to make sure the local community is fully involved in deciding how and where this funding should be spent. I want to hear from local parents on which play areas should be rebuilt and where there is a need for new facilities.”