FUNDRAISING to pay for a splash park for Witney’s children is tantalisingly close to success.

Another £25,000 is needed to make the exciting scheme a reality, with £200,000 already pledged.

However, the town council says it has exhausted likely avenues of funding from bodies that will accept bids from local authorities and it now needs the help of the community to get over the final hurdle.

However, the Liven Up The Leys community group, formed last year to campaign for new facilities, after the recreation ground’s paddling pool was declared out of bounds due to safety problems, has apparently struggled to maintain enthusiasm among its supporters.

It would be a great shame if this scheme did not come to fruition after so much hard work has gone into it.

The provisional plans of what the new area might look like show a project that would provide fantastic facilities for children to enjoy.

After two summers with fences up around the paddling pool, it is surely high time that a replacement was provided.

While the demands of family life and careers may have taken the initial impetus out of Liven Up The Leys, we are sure that there are members of the community who could spare some time to lead a final fundraising drive, so that this opportunity to create the splash park is not missed.