Did you know there are no disabled play areas in Britain? OK, not quite true, there is an old one in London.
Hyndburn Council are leading on a project looking at building a disabled play area. This will be funded by grant bids and I am delighted to be backing them and the application for funding.
The funding will be sought through the Green Spaces Forum (28 local groups now affiliated) which I helped initiate some 10 years ago. I wrote about it last month. It has brought £5.2m into the area and transformed Hyndburns Green Spaces.
It becomes more apparent, the more you consider standard play areas that they don't lend themselves to children with disabilities. Having a child with a disability at home can be hard enough but the planning and preparation when visiting anywhere is just an extra task facing parents.
After a lot of thought the Council have decided that there is an opportunity aside of the Sports Centre to build Britains first modern play area for children with disabilities.
There is a report about play and children with disability which was released in 2016 by Lord Blunkett – which makes the case for a new play area.