New play equipment has been installed in Annfield Plain as part of a £1.75 million scheme to improve play spaces around County Durham.

The improvements, to the play area in Park Close, include the installation of two types of swings for older and younger children, a roundabout with wheelchair access and two multi-use play units.

A new soft surface has also been introduced to make playtime safer for children using the site.

The work has been funded by Durham County Council, with additional money from Section 106 funds from local developments in the area.

County councillors Thomas Nearney and Michelle Hodgson also donated money from their Neighbourhood Budgets.

Cllr Thomas Nearney, who is also Chair of Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP), said: “The revamped play park is fantastic for children in the area and I am sure it will prove extremely popular.

“Outdoor play is an important part of children’s lives so we are very pleased to see this work completed. Please use it, enjoy it and respect it – we hope it provides a lot of fun for many years to come.”

Pupils from Annfield Plain Junior School were consulted on three possible designs for the new-look place space and chose the final design.

Durham County Council is investing £1.75 million in play spaces across the county; updating equipment at 45 play spaces across the county and creating some brand new spaces. The council is working closely with residents and partner organisations to ensure that each project meets the needs of the local community.

For a full list of play space schemes, visit