Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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8 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 News Mayor cuts ribbon on brand new Old Dean playground REFURBISHM­ENT IS PART OF PLAY By STEPHEN LLOYD including schoolchil­dren and community groups, and a public vote from a shortlist of potential plans, the winning Kompan design has now been made reality. The new facility comprises three separate sections, including an inclusive play area featuring a double tower play unit for older children, a AREA IMPROVEMEN­T SCHEME ACROSS @FleetNandM SURREY HEATH, WORTH £650,000 A NEW £210,000 play area has been officially opened at Camberley’s Old Dean Recreation Ground. After an extensive consultati­on by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) last year with local people, SURREY HEATH BOROUGH COUNCIL they have had vital input into the facility that has been created.” Chair of ODCoG, Trefor Hogg, said: “On behalf of the entire community, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contribute­d towards creating this wonderful playground, which has been so eagerly anticipate­d. “To quote just one resident - ‘Looks amazing. Hope the families with children have lots of fun from it’.” The Old Dean playground refurbishm­ent is part of a wider Play Area Improvemen­t Scheme across Surrey Heath, worth £650,000 over three years. Other play areas refurbishe­d so far include Camberley’s Cheylesmor­e Park, Frimley Lodge Park, Lightwater Country Park and Evergreen Road in Frimley. Further playground­s earmarked for improvemen­t through the scheme include Camberley’s Watchetts Recreation Ground, Loman Road in Mytchett, and Chobham Road, Frimley. toddler tower for younger children, various swings including basket, rope and inclusive versions, a ‘parkour’ section for agility play, an inclusive roundabout, play train and carriage, slides, seesaw, springers and spinning equipment. There is also an enclosed multi-use games area with football, cricket and basketball facilities, and a BMX and scooter track. Surroundin­g areas have been landscaped, with benches added throughout. Funding for the new play area was secured from planning infrastruc­ture contributi­ons, Accent Housing, the Eikon Charity and the Old Dean Community Group (ODCoG). Throughout the process, SHBC worked closely with Old Dean ward councillor­s Cllr Rodney Bates and Cllr Shaun Garrett, local schools, and ODCoG. The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Pat Tedder, officially opened the new play area. She was joined at the socially-distanced ceremony by Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans, SHBC Portfolio Holder for Places & Strategy, the Old Dean ward councillor­s, representa­tives from Accent Housing, Kompan and ODCoG. SHBC officers also attended, and a small group of invited local children were the first to test out the new equipment. Work on the new play area was able to continue over lockdown so the facility could be open to children over the summer. Cllr Tedder said: “I am delighted to officially open this brilliant new play area, and I’m sure local children and their families will enjoy using it for many years to come.” Cllr Jennings-Evans added: “This amazing new play area offers so much to local children and young people. “The local community have been heavily involved in the process from the start, and in choosing this design Plans to install ‘footfall sensors’ in Camberley SURREY Heath Borough Council (SHBC) has announced plans to install footfall sensors in Camberley town centre to support its regenerati­on projects. The council said the sensors will collect anonymous data which will provide insights into how shoppers are using the town centre so it will be better equipped to judge the effectiven­ess of current and future projects. Installati­on is planned to begin in mid-September ready for the Christmas shopping period. Councillor Colin Dougan, SHBC’s Business and Transforma­tion portfolio holder, said: “We recognise the importance of our town centre, especially during this time, which is why we announced a policy of four hours of free parking earlier this month. “These new sensors will allow us to determine the success of our measures to invest in Camberley, and therefore enable us to better support local businesses and the community moving forward.” SHBC said specificat­ions would be put in place to ensure the data collected remains the property of the council. It added that in line with data protection legislatio­n and GDPR guidelines, all collected data is anonymous and no personal identifiab­le informatio­n will be collected. If anyone has any questions, they can email economicde­velopment@ surreyheat­ PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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