Playground overhaul welcomed by councillor

Ellon Primary School playground
Ellon Primary School playground

A local councillor has praised the parent council for playing their part in helping a project seal approval this week to upgrade an Ellon Primary School playground.

Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson welcomed the decision on Tuesday by all members of the Formartine Area Committee to approve the £240,700.00 project cost and award a contract for the playground.

Work on the playground is scheduled to start on July 21 and is expected to be finished within 10 weeks.

Councillor Rob Merson said: “This project will result in a long-overdue improvement to the Ellon Primary School playground, and the play experience of the children.”

Forming part of the Education Learning and Leisure Asset Management Programme, elements added to the project will mean pupils can benefit from better access, a new soft-surface area as well as improvements made to the fencing.

Various play equipment will also be installed as part of the project thanks to funding made possible by the school Parent Council - a group Councillor Merson has been actively involved in along the process.

The councillor added that he would like to recognise the determination of the group.

Mr Merson said: “I would like to applaud the commitment of the school Parent Council, in particular, Jill Graham and Tracy Kelly of the Playground Sub-Committee, who have put in a tremendous amount of work and research into this project.

“The dedicated and enthusiastic fund-raising which has been carried out with the support of Head Teachers Veronica Cordiner, Sinead Lindsay and staff has been commendable.”

School Parent Council member and Playground Improvement Coordinator Jill Graham said: “It has taken many years of liaising with the council and the school to get to this stage. On numerous occasions we felt like giving up but the unsightly playground just couldn’t be left.”

Parent Council and Playground Committee member, Tracy Kelly added: “We would like to thank the families at Ellon Primary and the community for supporting us in our fundraising to enable us to provide further play equipment in the playground.”