A MAJOR project is underway to refurbish a number of parks across Romsey.

Test Valley Borough Council is undertaking the scheme to install a range of new facilities.

A new play area will be introduced at Joe Bigwood Close in Rownhams, and the play areas at Wicklow Drive in Valley Park, Botley Road open space, Woodley and Great Woodley will be partially refurbished.

The council has also received planning permission to refurbish the skate parks at Knightwood Leisure Centre and intends to submit a planning application for the refurbishment of the skate park at Romsey Sports Centre.

No costs have been estimated as the council begins its work.

Community and leisure portfolio holder, cllr Tony Ward, said: "The council is undertaking a major project to significantly enhance its local play parks, outdoor exercise trails and skate parks.

"Play areas are obviously great fun, but most importantly they help children to get active and stay healthy."

Other areas in the north of the borough are also to receive a boost. Play areas at Admirals Way, Highlands Road and Winton Chase are also in the pipeline, as well as new walls at the Pilgrims Way multi-use games area.

Cllr Ward added: "We have also installed a number of new 'trim trails' in the borough, which enable people of all ages to exercise outside and enjoy some fresh air.

"It is important that residents have access to high quality facilities and the council is working hard to deliver them."

Last year, as well as installing and refurbishing various children's play parks, the council also installed new outdoor gym equipment and 'trim trails' at Romsey War Memorial Park, as well as Charlton Lakes and East Anton Sports Ground.