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Work begins on new boules court in Woolton Hill

WORKMEN got the ball rolling this week on a new boules court in the Woolton Hill recreation ground.

The 12m by 9m court will be located towards the graveyard end of the recreation ground, and is being paid for from s106 funds – a developer contribution which comes from the construction of housing.

Most of the money for the new court – and other facilities at the recreation ground – has come from Bloor Homes following the Meadowbrook development in the parish a few years ago, and has been allocated for ‘play’ use within the ground.

Andy Batt of C and E groundworks pouring hardcore for boules court.
Andy Batt of C and E groundworks pouring hardcore for boules court.

The Meadowbrook development saw more than 60 homes built in Woolton Hill.

The work on the new court started on Monday and will last for one week, with safety fencing placed around the area and signs at both ends of the field.

East Woodhay Parish Council clerk Amy White said: “We’ve got a lot of older residents here and we thought we had the exercise equipment for the younger people so this was to get the older generation out.

“We’re excited because we thought we could have some competitions between the parish council and residents.

“There was nothing else we could put there because of issues with the drainage and proximity to the churchyard.”

Once this work has been completed, benches and a table tennis table will be added.

The parish council is also planning on installing more gym equipment on the recreation ground.

The ‘full body’ multi gym will consist of a leg press, cross trainer, lat pull down/shoulder press and a pull up bar.

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