Funding reduced for Peterborough adventure playground and farm

A Peterborough adventure playground and farm is having its funding reduced by two-thirds.

Monday, 3rd September 2018, 1:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 5:15 am
New Ark Adventure Playground
New Ark Adventure Playground

New Ark Adventure Playground in Hill Close will see its grant funding from Peterborough City Council reduce from £33,000 in the current financial year to £22,000 in 2019/20 then £11,000 in 2020/21.

It follows the council having its funding from central government heavily slashed.

New Ark provides pre-school, after school and holiday provision for children, as well as a farm, eco centre and play support service which offers an alternative curriculum for children who may have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

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Its previous grant agreement with the council saw it receive £33,000 a year for the past three years.

Under the new deal it will continue to receive £33,000 this year before that figure begins to decrease from 2019/20 onwards.

New Ark is currently rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The council said it was cutting the funding gradually to “provide some time for the charity to manage a reduction in funds and to allow them to review their business model with a view to becoming self-sufficient.”

The Peterborough Telegraph approached New Ark but nobody was available to comment.