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Crumbles Castle adventure playground gets cash boost … despite Government cuts

January 18, 2011

Crumbles Castle is located alongside Bingfield Park in the heart of Caledonian Ward

Cally Labour councillors have welcomed the Council decision, announced today, to increase funding to our adventure playground, Crumbles Castle. The extra money will start in April this year and means that Crumbles can provide a core service of 3 days throughout term times and “short day” of play (12-4pm) during the school holidays throughout the coming year.

After lobbying by Crumbles with support from Islington Play Association and local Councillors, Islington has increased its funding from £45,000 per year to £56,000.

Crumbles has gone through significant change in the past year with recruitment of new Committee members and staff plus a significant renovation and refurbishment of the building.

Cllr Paul Convery says “this is excellent news for kids in our neighbourhood. We have supported Crumbles over the past year to get a better funding deal from the Council. Crumbles is run by a volunteer committee and for many years it has received far less money from the Council than the other adventure playgrounds in the Borough – especially those run directly by the Council. Crumbles is now placed on a much stronger financial footing and is getting a more fair deal from the Council.”

“The increase in funding comes at a time when the Council is being forced by the Tory-led Government to make cuts of almost £40 million in 2011-2012. So this decision represents quite an achievement for this vital youth service in our neighbourhood. The Labour Council intends to safeguard its youth and play services over coming years in the teeth of these government cuts.”

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