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Flagship play area plan backed

PUBLISHED: 18:03 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 07 July 2010

History will become child's play when a massive cash investment of more than £100,000 creates a flag-ship play area in Thetford.

After almost two years of detailed work the project to provide the town's Castle Park play area with new equipment has moved a step nearer reality after Breckland planners agreed to give planning consent for sitting the new equipment which includes play apparatus for children and teenagers aged between 0 years to 16.

History will become child's play when a massive cash investment of more than £100,000 creates a flag-ship play area in Thetford.

After almost two years of detailed work the project to provide the town's Castle Park play area with new equipment has moved a step nearer reality after Breckland planners agreed to give planning consent for sitting the new equipment which includes play apparatus for children and teenagers aged between 0 years to 16.

It will be a case of ancient meeting modern in the area which is on a ancient monument site and is a protected Schedule Monument.

The Castle Hill area includes remains of a Motte and Bailey castle, iron-age earthworks and site of an Augustinian friary.

The scheme has attracted a £112,000 funding package with the bulk of the money coming from a Big Lottery award.

It is hoped to start the six-week programme of work in November but the completion could be delayed is there are any significant finds unearthed in an archaeological dig on the site.

Town manager Susan Glossop said the area is set to become the “flagship” play area for Thetford.

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