After several weeks of hard work – children in Sinfin are today, able to enjoy a brand new play area in their neighbourhood thanks to a partnership between Veolia and Derby City Council.

The works which started in mid-March include a new roundabout with disabled access, new toddler equipment with nature themed play panels and safety surfacing, and timber obstacle-based equipment.

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Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance, said:

“Arkle Green Park sits at the heart of its community and is a getting more popular as local families find inexpensive ways to spend quality time with their children.

Now that the Arkle Green Play Area is fully refurbished, families can come together in a safe environment, where children can spend hours climbing, swinging and playing. The local community has set up a working group with representation from local residents, voluntary and community groups, nearby nurseries and Derby Homes.

The working group are planning to set up regular parent and toddler sessions and nature workshops for children. In addition they aim to support local residents to set up a play-watch scheme to keep the new equipment safe.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added:

“We support community and environmental projects across England and Wales and it is always great to hear about the start of one we are helping. I look forward to seeing the revamped play area being used and enjoyed.”

The scheme cost £70,000 with The Veolia Environmental Trust contributing £25,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund. Derby City Council funded the balance from the Estates Pride programme (£35,000) and Parks capital programme (£10,000).

Dean Amiss and Angel Fernandez from contractors NT Killingley Ltd. spoke to us about working on the project:

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is a tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). They use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make. Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3bn billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit the Entrust website or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund for 19 years. Since we were established in 1997, Veolia has supported us by contributions of over £69 million, enabling us to award 2,128 grants to projects. These have included ones to repair woodland footpaths, improve community halls and the install skateparks and playgrounds. For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, visit the Veolia Trust website.