More play area fencing could be installed around the West Midlands after one council in the county voted to increase funding for outdoor children's spaces.

According to the Burton Mail, East Staffordshire Borough Council has announced that from 2012, the local authority will provide £109,000 per year for the following five years, up from an original figure of £68,000 per year.

Julia Jessel, the council's deputy leader for built environment, said: "Thanks to the council's strong financial position we have the option to invest more into our play parks."

She added that the region is committed to getting kids to do regular exercise to improve their health and investing in play areas is one way to achieve this.

The Knutsford Guardian recently reported that a new play area at Bexton Primary School will allow children in the north-west to enjoy outdoor activities after a decade of fundraising culminated in a total of £35,000 for development costs.

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