A VILLAGE is getting a brand new play park after getting £75,000 to replace its ageing equipment.

The West Rainton and Leamside Playscheme is planning to replace the climbing equipment and swings at the park in the centre of the village.

They were given £75,000 by the Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) to buy new swings, a roundabout, see-saw and other play equipment aimed at children up to the age of nine.

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West Rainton resident Zoe Dewdney-Parsons, who has been working to secure the funding, said: “The equipment is getting old and it only has a couple of years left to go.

“This funding guarantees the future of the play facility.

“It’s a really convenient spot and it does get used pretty well because it’s central and parents trust their children to come here.

“It’s brilliant the AAP and council are supporting us in this.”

Cllr David Hall said: “I’ve been very happy to support the group in making this happen.

“I’m sure it will be very well used.”

It is hoped the wheelchair-friendly park will be open by the end of the summer.