In the Memorial Park
Update: 17th October 2017
Memorial Park Update
"Work has commenced on the new facilities in the park provided by Section 106 funds*. The eight outdoor gym stations are being built on part of the area previously occupied by the tennis courts. The surface area of the courts not required will be dug up and returned to grass.
The location of the "natural play" equipment is next to the existing play area and is intended for older children’s activities. Features include a slide built into the embankment, a zip wire, a timber agility trail and a “boulder-climbing” mound.
Technicalities about local government finance have resulted in the £10,000 previously allocated to the improvement of the existing play area having to be used for the re-grassing mentioned above. However, £7,000 is likely to come available to the town council from an outside source and will be used to replace the “rocket”. Parents of users have suggested a "Jacob the Digger", which has a tractor, climbing frame and slide, and this option is being pursued."
*Section 106 funds are provided by developers as part of the planning permission.
Update: 17th June 2017
Stourport Town Council Parks Committee Report
The committee met on 6th June 2017. Its main focus was on the Memorial Park. With reference to the major capital expenditure on an outdoor gym and an adventure play area, the committee heard that a decision on which contractors have been successful is due in July, with a start on site scheduled for December.
A £10,000 budget saving from 2016/17 was used to fund improvements to the existing play area. The committee was aware of concern by members of the public that there were few items suitable for very young children. Therefore, it agreed that a new piece of suitable equipment would be located next to the swings. Also, the Parks Manager advised that, within the budget ceiling of £10,000, the "rocket" could be replaced by a new feature which would be able to be used by more children. The committee authorised expenditure for this purpose.
Committee member Councillor Rob Lloyd comments,
"We will allow officers to progress the details of these various matters. Another meeting of the committee will be convened when there are further decisions to be taken on them."
Memorial Park Decision
Stourport Town Council's Parks Committee has made its choice of new facilities to be constructed in the Memorial Park - Green Gym apparatus and Natural Play equipment.
The current tennis courts will be the main station for the gym apparatus, but other individual exercise machines will be located throughout the park.
Council officers will now draw up specifications and seek bids from contractors to carry out these works. The capital sum available is £87,000 - all of which has come from planning conditions attached to permissions for new house building in Stourport.
The Parks Committee has been asked about provision in the park for younger children under school age.
The new Natural Play area is intended for "older children", by which Parks Committee members mean "older primary-aged children and into teenage years". In their discussions with council officers and a parks facilities consultant, the committee considered that the existing younger children's play area did cater for children under school-age. Indeed, on their visits to the park prior to taking their decision, members of the committee saw children of this age, supervised by adults of course, using the play area. However, the question will be brought to the attention of the committee, when it meets early in 2017."
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