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Hillswood Trim Trail – Work is Under Way for Endon residents

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

People in the picture are:Ian Jackson (Staffs County council, Programme Manager for the LEADER Fund), County Cllr Kevin Jackson, Cllr John Sambrook, Chairman of Endon with Stanley parish council, Mrs Betty Holdcroft, Chairman of Endon & Stanley Action Group, Cllr Christina Jebb. We received funding from

People in the picture are:Ian Jackson (Staffs County council, Programme Manager for the LEADER Fund), County Cllr Kevin Jackson, Cllr John Sambrook, Chairman of Endon with Stanley parish council, Mrs Betty Holdcroft, Chairman of Endon & Stanley Action Group, Cllr Christina Jebb. We received funding from

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ENDON and Stanley Action Group are working in partnership with Endon with Stanley Parish Council to deliver a 'trim trail' for residents old and young at Hillswood playing fields.

Work is almost complete on the running track, which is jointly funded by the Communities Mean Business 'LEADER' programme - part of the Rural Development Programme for England - which has contributed £8,000 towards the project.

County councillor Kevin Jackson granted £1,000 from his Staffordshire County Council Local Community Fund, while the Action Group has raised £450.

Hillswood playing fields are owned by Endon with Stanley Parish Council, which was approached by Endon High School pupils with ideas of how to make the facilities there more attractive for all age groups.

A joint working party between the students, parish councillors and action group members came forward with proposals to present to the parish council for consideration.

After consultation within the community, ideas were agreed by the parish council for improvements to the playing fields, including a trim trail, outdoor gym equipment, a multi-use games area and a nest swing, as well as areas of environmental improvements and sensory planting.

Councillor Christina Jebb, who put together the funding bids on behalf of the parish council and action group, said: "We are enormously grateful for the confidence shown in the students' ideas by all of our generous funders.

"The trim trail is the first phase of the improvements to the playing fields. Endon with Stanley parish council has already agreed additional funding to start providing some outdoor gym equipment along the trim trail and we hope this will be installed soon. We look forward to having this in place for the Spring."

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