Housebuilder brightens up local school playground

PUPILS at Longniddry Primary School are celebrating after Cruden Homes responded to a request to carry out repairs on dilapidated playground benches.

Over the Easter holidays, Cruden, which is building 81 homes in the first phase of development at Longniddry Village, answered a plea from the school’s Parent Council to replace the broken benches surrounding planters in the playground.

The benches had fallen into disrepair, but a team from Cruden carried out repairs and even painted the new benches in the school colours.

Elaine Ramsay, from Longniddry Primary School Parent Council, said, “Cruden have been fantastic. They agreed immediately to carry out the work and it was all done so quickly. The children had only been able to go out to play in small numbers during the pandemic, but now that they can all socialise at break times again it was important that they had somewhere to sit and chat.”

Headteacher Sheona Skinner added, “The children were so excited to see the new benches on their return from their Easter break. They have really brightened up the playground and we want to thank the team for their hard work.”

Brian Dewar, Cruden Homes (East) customer care manager, commented, “Our joiners stripped out the old timbers, cemented in new posts, replaced the woodwork and then two of our painters got to work. We were given a free hand, but we thought it would be nice to use the school colours. The whole job was completed before the end of the holidays.”

Hazel Davies, sales and marketing director, Cruden Homes (East), added, “When Longniddry Primary School Parent Council told us about the dilapidated state of the playground benches, we were only too happy to help. Our work in Longniddry is not just about building homes, it is about being part of the community and the primary school is at the heart of village life.”