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Circus Street Market supports community playground

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Developers behind the Circus Street Market regeneration are helping the local community secure a new playground on the edge of the Tarner Estate in Brighton.

Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd and McLaren, in conjunction with local charity Groundwork South, have helped their neighbours in the Kingswood and Milner Council flats to apply for funding for a new play space, kick starting the funding pot by putting in £15,000.

Groundwork is coordinating the bid and is supporting a gardening project to improve outdoor community space working with the Kingswood and Milner Tenants Association. Plans include new play equipment, a new lay out with planters alongside it for residents to grow flowers and vegetables, as well as a new wall mural to be created by local residents together.

Local residents gave their views on proposed design and equipment for the play area this weekend at a drop in session held by the flats.

Said Martyn Evans, Creative Director of Cathedral Group: “Our goal is to create a new city centre area at Circus Street which is diverse and culturally exciting and has great outdoor spaces for local people to enjoy, so it’s important that we help and involve our neighbours in this ambition.”

Draft plans and designs were also discussed for a longer-term project to create gardens on Carlton Row, linking the estate with the new Circus Street development, and visualisations of the proposals will be released soon.

Groundwork is also working with the local tenants to create a community gardening group, to plant and improve outdoor areas for local residents.

Last month, a Chelsea Flowershow Fringe Event, called Handlebar Gardens, saw local gardening enthusiasts joining Tarner residents planting temporary boxes in the play area which is to be improved.

www.circusstreetbrighton.com