Community Choice: Westside moms get money for new pump track and park

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Local mums Laura Macdonald, Emma Donnelly and Shannon Donnelly were so determined to get new play equipment for the area that they handed out flyers to hundreds of homes asking people for their support.

Funding came from Falkirk Council’s Community Choices – but the money can only go to projects that get enough votes from local residents.

The new moms agreed to rally support for the bid with encouragement from Westquarter Community Wing volunteer Sylvia Bradley. She urged them to get out into the community and “ask people what they want”.

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Laura said: “We wanted something for both villages that all the children could access, just because there is nothing for them. They have to travel to access these kinds of facilities, so we thought that was a really good idea.

They thought a pump track would be something younger and older kids, including teenagers, could use.

“We think so many things to do with kids cost money when most kids have a bike or a scooter, or something passed down to them, so that makes sense.

“And who doesn’t love a park?” says Laura.

To get their message across, they circled the gates delivering ballot forms in the wind and rain, pushing buggies. They also left forms in local pubs and spread the message on social media.

“We were asking everyone and their dog if they would vote because it was for the kids!” says Laura.

They were delighted that their first bid for the pump track won enough votes to secure the £40,000 needed.

A second bid, this time for new play equipment at Bing Park in Redding, was also successful, securing £77,000 in funding.

Although they were happy to do the paperwork, they are all very grateful to Sylvia for following through with all the paperwork, including building permits.

As soon as permission is granted, work can begin on the land next to the small playground in the western quarter to create the pump track.

After that, they are eagerly waiting for the upgrade of the play park.


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