Daventry children give views on new play area in town

Hundreds of schoolchildren have given their thoughts about what equipment should go in a proposed new play area in the heart of Daventry.

Earlier this summer Daventry District Council asked people what form a play area to be built on the former town bowls club at the New Street Recreation Ground should take.

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.

There was a fantastic response in the consultation with over 1,500 comments by local children for their favourite things to do in the playground.

Monkey Bars, swings, water play, climbing and spinning were the top five responses, and the majority of people wanted the playground to have a natural look to it.

Adults 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.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure at Daventry District Council, 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.”