He’s the old­est swinger in town

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News Brief - By DAWN FEL­LOWES

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.”

Pic­ture: row­land hob­son.

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)

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