FAMILIES are being encouraged to share their views on a plan to refurbish a village play area.

Over the last year, volunteers who set up a play area working group in Middleton-in-Teesdale have raised funds to repair, replace and redesign equipment at the site on Wesley Terrace.

Group member Grace Crawford said: “We are thrilled to be awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund. It will help us create a fun, safe and inclusive play area that all the local children can enjoy together.”

The grant was a major boost to the refurbishment kitty set up by residents.

Local mam Ali Collinson said: “The whole village has been supporting us. The summer quiz night kindly hosted at The Teesdale Hotel and our children’s Easter egg hunt were very successful, raising more than £750. Our village doctor Chris Markwick completed a sponsored 100km ultramarathon in the Peak District, and local businesses and the parish council have been very generous with donations.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has come along to events and contributed to the appeal.”

The group worked with reputable play equipment companies to come up with a favoured design which will go on display at a public consultation event, ahead of a final decision and work starting.

Leading on the designs, Brigitte Hodgson said: “Thanks to all the feedback and ideas received from children and parents about what they want to see in the play park, we were able to give the play equipment companies a clear steer on our requirements. The proposals we have received are very detailed and we ask local people to share their feedback on the design."

The event will be at UTASS, Chapel Row, Middleton in Teesdale, on Saturday, October 19 between 1pm and 3pm. There will also be refreshments, cakes, children’s activities and a raffle.

Donations to the play area fund can be made by cheque, made payable to Middleton-in-Teesdale and Newbiggin Parish Council, Moor Edge, Snaisgill, Middleton-in-Teesdale DL12 0RP, or by bank transfer to sort code 20-25-29 account number 93540510, with the donor’s name as a reference.