Children speak up on play area

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MONKEY bars, swings and a water play area are among some of the equipment children want for the proposed new play area in Daventry.

Hundreds of youngsters were asked by Daventry District Council (DDC) what form the play area should take that will be built on the New Street Recreation Ground in the town.

The new play area will be built to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee along with a new concrete skate park to replace the existing ramps on the Rec.

DDC has described the response to the consultation as “fantastic” with more than 1,500 comments by children.

People also wanted to see climbing and spinning play equipment with the majority of people wanting the playground to have a natural look to it.

Cllr Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder for DDC, said: “We are delighted with the great response we have had and we will now ask a number of companies to tender for the design and build of the playground.

“The results of the consultation will be used to prepare designs and the local community will be given the opportunity to vote for the final design in due course.”

Adults also commented on the need to ensure the safety of children using the playground with appropriate fencing and gates and also expressed the wish for things like shading and seats.

Other concerns included ensuring separation from the skate park to ensure the playground is a comfortable environment for younger children and their families and providing play equipment to suit a wide range of ages.

DDC undertook a consultation on the new skate park last month and is currently looking at securing extra funding for the project which is on-going.

This will determine what the skate park will look like and a planning application is likely to be submitted before the end of the year.

The aim is for the new skate park to be on site by next summer.

The total project for the play area and skate park is expected to cost £242,000, and will be funded with contributions from organisations, including DDC, Daventry Town Council, the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, Daventry and District Housing, and Money For Youth.