Town’s parks to get a makeover

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MORE than £50,000 will be spent on sprucing up play areas in Daventry.

The bulk of the money, £32,000, will be spent at the Spider Park on the Headlands estate which has been a notorious spot for antisocial behaviour in the past.

A further £10,000 will be spent on equipment at both Stafford Close in Lang Farm and Rowallen Way on the Timken Estate, as reported in The Daventry Express on November 18.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is now going to hand out leaflets and questionnaires to people who live near the parks to find out what they want done at the three sites.

The Spider Park, which is currently boarded up after it was vandalised by youths and used as a place to hang around and drink, will be aimed at teenagers.

Around 70 young people also gave ideas on how they would like to see the park improved at a Soundbox event in September.

DDC councillor Chris Long has spoken to people on the Headlands about the problems they were experiencing.

He said: “Hopefully this investment will allow the residents to enjoy the new facilities they have and I’m really pleased. I’m really glad that something positive for the community has come out of something negative.”

The play equipment on Rowallen Way and Stafford Close will be aimed at under-eights. A mum who lives on Stafford Close, who wishes not to be named, said: “I think it can be good as long as the right things are done.

“I have young children and they would love somewhere to play. But there is a worry that if swings are installed it could attract groups of teenagers who will start hanging around here.”

DDC executive director Judy Gregory said: “Improving play facilities for young people is a top priority for the council. But to do this it is important that we find out exactly what local residents, particularly young people, would like to see. We hope that with the feedback the new proposals will provide the right mix of play facilities for children living in those areas.”

More information on the consultations can be found at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/ consultation.