New Century Park & Crowdhill Green Play Areas
New Century Park Play Area
In March the Parish Council contacted 10 play equipment companies asking for submissions of a design and build proposal for a refurbished play area at New Century Park, using the results of the community survey undertaken at the end of 2018. The closing date for the designs was Thursday 25 April. After scoring the tender specifications, the successful tender designs will be displayed to residents at the Parish Offices on Monday 29 April from 6.30pm, Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May (2.30-5pm). The designs will also be displayed at the Village Hall & Woodland Community Centre on Wednesday 1 May (2.30-5pm). There will be display boards and ballot boxes for residents to vote for their favourite design.
After the community voting, the votes will be counted, and a winning design selected. The Parish Council will then place the order for the equipment and hopes that the successful design company will be able to complete the new play area by the Summer 2019 holidays.
As negotiations continue with the Scouting Association regarding the Scout Hut, regrettably the Parish Council is unable to move forward with its plans to develop this site for community use. However, once this matter is resolved, the Council will contact residents for their input into the future use of this site.
Crowdhill Green Play Area
Residents will recall that the Parish Council published a community survey asking for views on their preferred design of a play area at Crowdhill Green. Thank you to all those who responded – our highest response rate yet.
The Parish Council after recent site visits to the area has been advised by its external play area & land management consultant that the public open space land, including the play area, remains in a very poor condition and requires the developer to undertake significant work such as removing stone, builders debris, ground levelling etc.
The Parish Council will not accept transfer of this land until it is deemed to be in an acceptable condition. Sadly, this will impact on the timings of the installation of the new play area and the public art. The results of the play area survey will therefore be stored, and the survey will be made ‘live’ again for new comments, when it is appropriate for the Parish Council to commence tender for play area designs. The Parish Council is very disappointed that it cannot start the proceedings for the play area. However, the safety of our residents, especially our younger residents, is of paramount importance. And we will only install equipment on land that is a safe and usable condition. The Parish Council will keep residents informed of the progress of this site.