Help us bid for £200k to spend on play

Children and young people in the Winchester district could benefit from a £200,000 investment through the development of a play strategy.

Winchester City Council has just launched a new consultation on its website asking children, teenagers, and adults what they think of current play provision and what should be done to improve opportunities.

To take part in the consultations online click here.

Then, in collaboration with local play providers, parish councils, schools, voluntary groups and a range of other partner agencies a play strategy will be developed based on the findings of this and previous consultations.

By producing a strategy Winchester City Council can bid for the district's share of £124 million set aside by The Big Lottery Fund for the development of play across local authority areas in England. Based on child population figures and levels of deprivation the district has been allocated £200,000.

Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities Cllr Tony Coates said: "Play is essential for children's healthy development and wellbeing. I am confident that partners will work together to produce a strategy to benefit a vast range of children, young people and their families and carers across the district.

"The City Council is committed to helping ensure that children and young people across the district have places to go and things to do."

Chair of the Winchester District Children and Young People Partnership Mike Simpson added: "This is an exciting opportunity which will make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people in the district.

"I encourage everyone to participate in the consultation to ensure that the play strategy provides a robust blueprint for developing play opportunities across the district in the future."

To find out more about the play strategy please go to the play strategy pages. The consultations end on August 17 2007.