Kids to decide on new Valley Gardens fort

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CHILDREN can decide between these three designs for the new “fort” in the Valley Gardens play area, after the previous one was destroyed in an arson attack.

Harrogate Council is holding a consultation, allowing youngsters and their parents to pick a favourite from these proposals by Image Playgrounds, Eibe and Timberplay.

A spokesman said: “We’re asking people which one they like the most, which would give them the most fun and excitement.”

One primary school boy from the district, Kian Clegg, has a special reason to look forward to the opening of the fort, having helped to fund it.

Kian’s mother had contacted the council, explaining that he was very upset the fort had burnt down.

“On the way to drop him off at school Kian had asked if they could go via the cash machine and asked his mother to draw out the money to rebuild the fort,” Jennifer Harrop from the council’s parks team said.

“Mrs Clegg explained to Kian that she couldn’t afford to rebuild the fort as it would cost a lot of money. So they had a think about what they could do to help.”

In the end, Kian’s mother and her friends spent a day baking cakes and buns, which Kian helped them to sell at his school, raising £32.45 towards the fort.

Jennifer added: “They have sent the cheque with a lovely card - Kian has drawn a picture of the fort on the front.

“We are very grateful for their generous donation which we will put towards the rebuilding of the fort.”

The consultation closes next Friday, December 16. To take part, go to the online survey