Games court open for play in CharvilBy Jon Nurse
July 03, 2012
Sporty children can now play at a new games area in Charvil.
A jubilee multi-use games area (MUGA) by East Park Farm was officially opened by Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead, on Saturday, June 9.
The area has football goals and basketball hoops, and took six years of planning to come to fruition.
Mrs May said: “If you think it takes a long time to get things done at a parish council, try coming into government and seeing how long it takes to get things done.
“It’s very important that young people have facilities that they can use and planning a games area like this is absolutely super.”
Planning and funding the area has been a partnership between Charvil Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council.
Parish council chairman Councillor Alice Wilkinson said: “The site used to become soggy and unusable in the winter – it’s much better to have a year-round kickabout area.
“It’s great to have another facility for young people to let off steam and be sporty.
“It’s being really well used and I’ve seen groups are taking turns which is really good.
“There could be a tennis club starting in Charvil soon so this site could be used for mini-tennis.”
The parish council has been attempting to build the facility since 2006, but struggled to secure funds from initiatives such as the Government’s Playbuilder scheme, which was axed in 2010.