An £800,000 adventure playground facing possible closure has been given a stay of execution thanks to Luton on Sunday.
Katie Chambers, who works for charity Childrenslinks, which manages Hart Hill Adventure Playground in Haddon Road, Luton, thanked LoS for our article two weeks ago highlighting the funding problems it is experiencing.
Miss Chambers said she had received a positive response to the piece, which has helped the charity to raise vital money.
She added: “After meetings this week between Luton Borough Council and Childrenslinks (who manage the facility), emergency measures are being put into place which include the council’s support for at least the next three months.”
Cllr Hazel Simmons, leader of the council said: “It is not and has never been the council's intention to withdraw support from the adventure playground; indeed every effort has been made by both councillors and officers to ensure this doesn’t happen.
“Unfortunately, Children’s Link did not receive as much funding as they hoped for from the Government, however, this week we have agreed emergency measures which will include providing financial support for the next three months to aid their cash flow and extra funds to be transferred from our East Area Board.
“In addition, we will take on the responsibility of the maintenance of the building to meet health and safety requirements and have allocated dedicated officer support to provide further assistance.”
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