Inclusive playpark to become reality in Burntisland

Community Council members Morag Douglas & Claire Campbell with Cllr George Kay - Credit: FPA
Community Council members Morag Douglas & Claire Campbell with Cllr George Kay - Credit: FPA

A determined Burntisland mum will see her dream of an inclusive playpark in the town come true in the near future, thanks to the help of her local community.

Claire Campbell approached her local councillor George Kay almost two years ago with the idea of a playpark with disabled-friendly equipment to allow her daughter Megan (6) to play alongside her friends.

The idea grew and a working group was set up which enlisted the support of Clair Lovatt the Fife Council officer responsible for the provision of play equipment.

With the help of other parents of children with additional needs and the Community Council, Claire drew up a wish list of play equipment suitable for all, including a wheelchair accessible roundabout, chair height mirrors and wind chimes, a harness swing, a fortress with slide and a zip line.

But the hard part of the project was raising the £68,000 they needed to buy and install it within the existing playpark at Burntisland Links.

She campaigned tirelessly and the whole of the community got behind her, with The Big Lottery Fund as well as local churches, Brownie groups, shops and businesses and Burntisland Primary School pupils all hosting fundraising events to help boost the total.

And just last week Claire received news that she has been granted the final £5000 she needs to get the project started, from the Fife Health and Wellbeing Fund.

It means that the plans will now be put out to tender, with work hopefully starting in a few months time.

Councillor Kay told the Press: “Ideally it would be in place by the start of the summer holidays, but we know the tendering process can take some time, so it may be nearer August before it is all in place.

“Claire has put in an enormous amount of work to make this happen and when we started out it seemed a huge challenge, but she has stuck with it and the whole of the Burntisland community has got behind her, with donations from just a few pounds from individuals to thousands from fundraising events.”

Claire added: “It has been hard work but I have been determined to make this happen not just for Megan, but for all the boys and girls who struggle with disabilities. Hopefully people from all over Fife and beyond will use it.

“I am so pleased we have reached our goal and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help and support.”