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YOUNGSTERS have had their say about plans for a £50,000 revamped play area in Peterborough.
From a spiral slide to tunnels and a tree-house to some artificial hills, pupils from Fulbridge Primary School, in Keeton Road, were full of ideas as to what equipment the revamped play area in nearby Bluebell Avenue should have.
The area is due for a revamp this summer, after Peterborough City Council secured a £50,000 grant from the national Playbuilder scheme.
Around 30 children from Year 6 paid a visit to the park last week to meet the Mayor of Peterborough and ward councillor Keith Sharp and council officers to discuss what they want to see built there.
Headteacher Iain Erskine said: “It’s a local area that the pupils do use and we were approached by ward councillors Charles Swift and Keith Sharp to ask if we would be part of the consultation about the play area.
“I think it is a really good idea that, before they started building on this play area, they had a discussion with the children about what they really want there.
“It is great for the children because they will have a bit of ownership of it.
“Cllr Sharp relates so well to the children and was very supportive of their ideas.”
One of the favourite plans was having some form of tree house to climb in, but some of the other popular ideas that kept coming up from the youngsters were that they wanted some hills and tunnels and a spiral slide.
Mr Erskine said: “I think it is because children like climbing things but we will have to see whether their ideas fit in with health and safety restrictions that have been put on play areas.
“Children like taking a few risks and I think it’s important to foster that.”
A council spokeswoman said they hoped the building work would start in mid-August and be finished by September.
She said: “It is going to be one of the Playbuilder projects we are working on this year. The money has been given by the Government to the council to improve play areas in Peterborough.
“What was happening at the event was children from Fulbridge Primary School were asked what equipment they wanted to go in the area and to come up with ideas.
“The next steps in the process is that officers from the council will talk to play equipment manufacturers about what they can produce and place an order.”
While this means that the Year 6 pupils who were consulted on the project will be at secondary school rather than Fulbridge Primary School when their ideas come to fruition, Mr Erskine has promised he would let them know when the area is ready for use.
He added: “We will let the pupils know when it is finished because they live very close and would still be able to use it.”
consultation: Mayor of Peterborough councillor Keith Sharp and Mayoress Doris Marchant with Fulbridge Primary School pupils at Bluebell Avenue park land. (METP-20-05-10RH26)