First steps to new-look play area

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY groups and par­ents are to be in­volved in plans to re­fur­bish a play area.

Bea­cons­field Town Coun­cil set up a work­ing group for the project in Malt­house Square, which is home to the girl guides new head­quar­ters.

It will em­u­late the Friends of Holt­spur Park scheme, for which lo­cal peo­ple have raised funds and con­sulted neigh­bours about what they would like to see in the park area in Holt­spur Way.

The coun­cil hopes the same can hap­pen in Malt­house Square.

Coun­cil­lor Philip Bas­ti­man said the group has drawn up a short-term ac­tion plan, and ideas put for­ward so far in­clude:

re­pair­ing the sur­face around the gym equip­ment with Tar­mac, which has been eroded and has be­come wa­ter­logged

in­stalling a gravel path to con­nect equip­ment

restor­ing foot­ball pitches, and plant­ing grass seed in spring

look­ing at re­plac­ing or re­mov­ing the springs in the play area.

Mr Bas­ti­man said: “We’ve had the first meet­ing. There was a fo­cus on things that could be done in the short term, build­ing on the suc­cess of Holt­spur Park and look­ing to get the com­mu­nity en­gaged.

“There’s a num­ber of things that need to be done and we are hop­ing to start that work.”

Mr Bas­ti­man said the group would also look into more mid-term and longterm projects. For now there is no re­quest for cash from the coun­cil, and Mr Bas­ti­man said he only asks for peo­ple’s support.

Mr Bas­ti­man, who also works with the Holt­spur Park group, added: “For now we are ask­ing for the coun­cil’s support.

“As this goes for­ward there may be a need for money, but we will also look at fundrais­ing sim­i­lar to what Holt­spur Park has done. That ap­pears to be work­ing well and we want to do the same thing here.”

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