The Parish Council approved a play strategy for the village at its February 2021 meeting and is now out for public consultation until the end of March 2021.
Read the full strategy here. (PDF document)
Basically it proposes a new approach to outdoor play provision, with all the existing Play areas remaining, and improved, and a new premier play facility in the woodland vicinity.The new approach proposes new facilities, more rustic, in their appearance, more adventurous, and more In tune with nature. We propose locally designed by our children, locally built by community volunteers, and materials sourced locally.Proposed Future ProvisionThe following is an assessment of the works necessary to individual Play areas across the village, in order to comply with the strategy.1) Neighbourhood Plan Development Site DEB 3 Ipswich RoadNew play area to be created as the development occurs.2) Neighbourhood Plan Development Site DEB 4 Low RoadNew play area to be created as the new development occurs.3) Lower Gardeners RoadNew replacement facility required. First test of ‘New Approach’.4) The Meadows Play AreaResponsibility of MSDC, no recommendations as it is a relatively new facility.5) Raedwald WayAs 4 above.6) Upper Gardeners RoadReplacement swings, and ‘springy’ animals. New safety surfacing required. Minimal painting of play frames.7) Leisure CentreResponsibility of the Leisure Centre. A new facility requiring no attention.8) Recreation GroundConsolidation of existing equipment, with the creation of new facility, to incorporate new car parking initiative. The addition of new safety surfacing.9) Primary SchoolIf negotiations are successful with the school to open up the play facilities at appropriate and convenient times, then a maintenance programme, with resultant costs, will need to be shared with the school.10) Neighbourhood Plan Development Site DEB 5 Aspall RoadNew facility to be created, with revised car parking and traffic movement measures to accommodate ‘pinch point’ issues adjacent to the school.11) New Premier Play Facility Site. (Yet to be identified, possibly the Woodland area vicinity)The concept of a new Premier Play Facility in the Woodland area, has the benefit of being able to be created in the way that this strategy has promoted. That is, an exciting, challenging, but safe, ’rustic’ type facility, designed by our children, with materials sourced locally, and constructed by our local volunteers and organisations. The new facility can make use of the natural environment, educate the young, and provide another significant stimulus for community cohesion.Furthermore, it is strategically located close to DEB 5 in 10) above. That being the case, it may be possible for developer contributions, in the longer term, towards maintenance and replacement costs.As the Parish Council is looking at provision for all ages and abilities, we are also considering facilities such as those illustrated below. Your comments on these are welcomed.
Play Strategy Working Group:
Focussing on play areas and play provision in the Parish
Lead: Cllr Steve Palframan
Cllr Frankie Winrow-Giffin
Cllr Richard Blackwell
Cllr David Seccombe