Play park on the cards

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People are being asked if they want a new children’s play park on their estate, as well as to choose the final design.

Three options have been drawn up for the site off Shackleton Drive on the town’s Ashby Fields estate.

A public consultation is being held by Daventry District Council to see if new playground equipment catering for four- to eight-year-olds should be installed in the Shackleton Drive area and, if so, which design they would like to see.

A playground was previously situated in the area, further from the main road, but the site had become a focus for vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Three potential designs of the play area have been drawn up, and people’s views are wanted on which design they prefer, as well as whether they support the proposed location.

Councillor Alan Hills, portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “We have £25,000 of developer funding available for some new play equipment in this area but are aware that there were some problems there previously. We have thought about those issues in the design process and are also proposing to put the equipment closer to Ashby Road where passers-by can see it. This would hopefully deter similar behaviour happening again.

“Once the consultation closes we will consider the views received from local residents as to whether the play area should be provided or not and if so which is the preferred design.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to let us know their thoughts.”

A survey is available online for people to complete at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/shackletondrive. The closing date for responses is Friday, July 19.