New playtime dawns
More than 530 new or improved play sites for children have opened in 63 areas in time for the summer holidays, according to children's minister Dawn Primarolo. The Government says 300,000 will have access to the spaces this summer and 3,000 more are due to be opened across England by 2011 as part of the Children's Plan. Ms Primarolo said: "We have released this information to make families aware of the number of play sites coming to their area over the next couple of years. Local authorities and play associations are working really hard to deliver some excellent play opportunities across the country. It is really exciting to think that by 2011 as many as 1.5 million children could have access to new and improved play areas."