School holidays will be more entertaining for children in Shotts in Scotland after new play area fencing and facilities were installed this week.

North Lanarkshire Council has invested around £62,000 from its local development programme, while £50,000 has come from the Waste Recycling Environmental Limited.

The £112,000 facility is part of a wider project to improve local parks, with facilities in Motherwell and Wishaw having also been upgraded, reports the Wishaw Press.

Councillor Jim Robertson told the news provider that he is appreciative of the help from different groups.

"This play area is an excellent example of a community organisation and local authority working together to improve facilities for children and young people," he explained.

It comes after education secretary Michael Gove said that between 100 and 300 schools will be built in the UK over the next few years in a project to replace parts of the Building Schools for the Future policy.

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