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Peterhead Councillors Hail Scottish Government Funding for Play Parks

>> 4 April 2023

Peterhead SNP councillors Leeann McWhinnie and Stephen Smith have welcomed additional funding of £50m for refurbishing local authority play parks across Scotland.

The additional £50 million of funds will be allocated over three years on the following basis:

2023-24 - £10 million
2024-25 - £15 million
2025-26 - £25 million

The Scottish Government committed to investing £60m over the course of the Parliament for investment in Scotland’s play parks and has already delivered £10m of that funding in 2021 and 2022.

Aberdeenshire Council is set to receive a total of £3,683,000 as part of its share of the £60m investment, with £616,000 allocated to Aberdeenshire for this financial year.

Welcoming this investment in the North-east’s play parks, Cllr Leeann McWhinnie (SNP-Peterhead North and Rattray) said:

“Our local playparks are vitally important for the development and well-being of children and are appreciated by parents. Outdoor play also has huge benefits for the physical and mental health of children.

“I’m delighted that the North-east is set to benefit from this investment by the Scottish Government in Scotland’s play parks and I look forward to hearing more about how our councils intend to use this funding to benefit children and communities across North-east.”

Cllr Stephen Smith (SNP-Peterhead South and Cruden) added:

“Play areas are a great asset to the community, and with this funding from the Scottish Government, I hope we can see the addition of more accessible play equipment such as those at Aden Country Park, which have proved hugely popular.”

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