WORK is underway on the regeneration of a play area in Ferryhill Station.

Ferryhill Town Council secured funds from Lafarge-Tarmac, the 4Together Partnership, the neighbourhood budgets of Durham County Councillors Brian Avery and Peter Atkinson and the Big Lottery’s Awards for All to update the Surtees Doorstep Green site.

After public consultation at the Royal British Legion, with the Friends of the Surtees Doorstep Green group (now part of the larger Ferryhill Friends group) and Ferryhill Station Primary School pupils, the council appointed professional play company Proludic Ltd to carry out the works.

The project, which is expected to cost £79,000 in total, should be completed in the next few weeks with a celebration event to be held in due course.

Mayor of Ferryhill Councillor David Farry thanked funders, those who took part in the community consultation process and to Proludic.

He said: "The old equipment at the Doorstep Green was old and tired and in some cases starting to become dangerous, this project will ensure that children in the area will now have a safe and exciting place to play for years to come."

Due to incidents of vandalism onsite during the work, the Doorstep Green has been closed until it is finished.