PLAYTIME is about to get more fun at a Uttoxeter park as children have their pick of new equipment.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s neighbourhood working team has been working with the Friends of Bramshall Road Park, residents and councillors to carry out consultation with park users, residents and schoolchildren to identify potential options for new play equipment at Bramshall Road Park.
Through the consultation a gap in provision was identified for older children and young teenagers and in particular a lack of play equipment at the Hockley Road/leisure centre end of the park. This project was designed to address this need.
The first part of the project has now been completed and sees the installation of three new pieces of play equipment at the Oldfields end of the park. The final designs and equipment choices were made by children from schools and youth groups.
The final stage of the project will see the installation of a wooden ‘trim trail’ to snake through the trees opposite to the toddler play area at the Bramshall Road end of the park.
This will provide a link between the existing toddler play area and the pieces of equipment for older children. Children and the park committee selected the final design and supplier and it is hoped work will start in the next few months.
Dennis Fletcher, the council’s deputy leader for built environment, said: “Over the past few years the council has hosted a number of neighbourhood priority events and the need for more play equipment on Bramshall Road Park have been identified as a local priority.
“We are pleased that the first stage of the project has been completed and we are looking forward to seeing the park fully operational when the final stage is completed.”
The project has been coordinated by the Friends of Bramshall Road Park with the neighbourhood team and has received funding from the council and The Heath Big Local.