A north Watford children's playground will be refurbished thanks to £12,500 in community funding.

Watford Liberal Democrats said the project aims to create a "high-quality" outdoor space at Foxhill using money allocated by the borough council as part of the Neighbourhood Grant scheme.

The money for local projects comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which is charged to developers responsible for new housing works.

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: “Investing in our parks and green spaces is a top priority. Across Watford we have 17 green flag parks, more than anywhere else in Hertfordshire.  

“I am really pleased that we have allocated this funding and will be working with Watford Community Housing to make improvements here. We’ve allocated funding from our Neighbourhood Grant scheme, and this will be matched by funding from Watford Community Housing."

Liberal Democrat council candidate and resident Sham Begum added: “This investment is going to be absolutely amazing, I’ve been using this park for years.

"For all our residents and all the children that go to the local school will really enjoy the new and improved space."

Labour council candidate for Leggatts Asma Suleman said the refurbishment announcement had come after a "long successful campaign" by the party.

Watford Observer: Labour council candidate Asma Suleman and Cllr Asif Khan at the playground in October, 2023.Labour council candidate Asma Suleman and Cllr Asif Khan at the playground in October, 2023. (Image: Cllr Asif Khan)

"This will greatly benefit the young children in the area. I am pleased that some investment is finally being directed to Foxhill," she added.

"I'm confident that Watford Community Housing will consult with residents to determine their preferences for the new equipment."

The council has been contacted for more information on when works are due to start.

Candidates for the Leggatts ward in the Watford Borough Council elections on May 2:

  • Sham Begum – Liberal Democrat
  • James Fanning – Conservative
  • Derek Foster – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
  • Sarah Knott – Heritage
  • Asma Suleman – Labour