Mountain of soil moved

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VILLAGERS in a Fenland village have paid tribute to the hard work of the Community Pay Back team who have been working on their playing field.

The Pay Back team have been working at Newton Playing Field clearing away debris and vegetation in preparation for the installation of new play equipment.

Their on-going work has included tidying along the southern boundary of the field, adjacent to a deep drain, ready for the installation of safety fencing and a ‘kissing gate’ at the nearby Karrow Meadow entrance to the field.

Earlier this month they corrected the uneven and sloping ground at the Karrow Meadow entrance caused by subsidence and loss of soil into the drain.

This also involved restoring the level at the edge of the drain using stakes and boards supplied by the Parish Council, and other materials donated by Edwards Buildbase of Wisbech.

The next step was carried out on Saturday when the team worked to spread about 50 tons of soil, which came from nearby drainage works, to restore the surface to the level of the boards.

Future activities planned for the payback teams include preparation and repainting of the existing, but rather dilapidated, football goal posts using materials donated by Brewers of Wisbech.

Newton Parish Council learned last month that it had successfully obtained a grants totalling £37,000 for the playing field project.

This was made up of £9,919 from the Big Lottery Fund and £26,808 from Fenland Council.

The work is scheduled for completion this September.

Newton councillor Doug Fullbrook said the community payback team had worked extremely hard and had done a good job so far.