Comment News (Armadale) - - Opinion -

WELL done to the Gosnells coun­cil for the award for the re­de­vel­op­ment of Mills park in Beck­en­ham.

It's great to see the fa­cil­i­ties – play­ground, bar­be­cue ar­eas and the skate park – be­ing used more often.

What was the cri­te­ria for judg­ing?

Was it the sus­tain­abil­ity and de­sign of the park in gen­eral or, as men­tioned, the build­ing?

For the money spent on earth­works it should be bet­ter than it was prior to re­de­vel­op­ment.

The over-sat­u­ra­tion of the ground around all the fields af­ter heavy rain is ridicu­lous.

The wa­ter re­mains for some time and doesn't drain away.

New soc­cer goals were erected in the grassed area near the ar­ti­fi­cial turf courts. The area couldn't be mowed or used due to the ex­cess of wa­ter.

Light­ing pits are full of wa­ter and veg­e­ta­tion dies due to sat­u­rated beds or grassed ar­eas.

The brook which runs through the mid­dle of the park is over­grown.

Re­plant­ing on the banks in some parts has started but more at­ten­tion needs to be paid to the wa­ter­way it­self.

Carps can still be seen in some parts, along with de­bris caught up in the over­grown banks.

The clu­b­rooms were shifted to the op­po­site side of the park.

Not sure of the rea­son­ing as now the sup­port­ers have to look into the after­noon sun when watch­ing ei­ther the cricket or football. Is this a best prac­tice de­sign? I have spo­ken to some play­ers who say they use the fa­cil­i­ties in the main build­ing in­stead of the in­tended clu­b­rooms as it is much eas­ier. It's a shame see­ing they are such a nice look­ing fa­cil­ity from the out­side. GREG WIL­TON, Beck­en­ham

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