Children at the Rainbow’s End Pre-School group in Stevenage can look forward to an all-year-round outside green play area, thanks to a grant payment from a local county councillor.

County Councillor Robin Parker (Chells) has awarded the group, which is based at the Timebridge Community Centre, £1000 to help pay for a large artificial grass play space to be created for children at the side of the centre – replacing an uneven, waterlogged area which had to be kept out of bounds.

A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.

Cllr Parker said:

Being able to run around and exercise freely outdoors is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for young children, especially when they all get together with their friends at their local playgroup.

Some of the children who attend Rainbow’s End do not have access to a garden, so it becomes doubly important that they have the chance to play outside when they come to the group. With the new material in place there will be lots of opportunities for that all year round, so I’m very glad to help with the initial outlay on the artificial grass.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit www.hertsdirect.org and type ‘locality budgets’ into the search box.