Play area could be transformed for teenagers

PLANS to transform a play area in the town centre have moved a step closer.

Daventry District Council (DDC) has revealed it is looking into ways of revamping the New Street Recreation Ground.

One idea currently being considered is to refurbish and enlarge the existing skateboard area.

The plans have been backed by Cllr Chris Over who covers the area as part of his role for regeneration on DDC. He says he would like to see the area transformed with “state-of-the-art” play equipment.

Cllr Over said: “The advantage of its town centre location and green open space means it has played host to a lot of community events in the past and one would hope it will do more of this in the future.”

He has also been speaking to some of the young people who use the area who are calling for a better skateboarding ramp.

Cllr Over added: “Clearly skateboarding is popular, a social activity, good exercise, an opportunity for the younger set to show what they are made of, tests their mettle so to speak.

“Additional space is available in what is a now somewhat dated and redundant children’s play area.”

DDC has said there is nothing set in stone for the Recreation Ground but funding for the project would come from the Community Safety Partnership, the Capital Play Equipment fund and other sources to determine the eventual cost of the project.

No timescale has yet been determined but Cllr Over hopes any new equipment would be open in time for the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.

A DDC spokesman said they believed an improved skate park could provide young people with more to do and help to reduce anti-social behaviour on the site.

The news has also been welcomed by the residents who live near to the Recreation Ground.

Barbara Hunt, who runs The Priory and Inlands Residents Association, said: “I think the plans are a good thing.

“If it is going to help the children then anything like this has to be welcomed, especially if it helps to keep vandals away.