In the swing of things Run down play area could get £60k re­vamp

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By PHILLIP THOMP­SON

ACHILDREN’S play area in could be set for a £60,000 up­grade as part of a play­ground im­prove­ment pro­gramme.

The ABC play area in Fairview could have a new climb­ing tower, themed bus and a new round­about un­der the pro­pos­als.

In ad­di­tion, the area is set for a facelift and will be com­pletely resur­faced.

The money comes from Cheltenham Bor­ough Coun­cil’s five-year cap­i­tal play­ground im­prove­ment pro­gramme, ‘which al­lo­cates fund­ing to make sure that play ar­eas are safe and fun spa­ces, in all ar­eas of the bor­ough.’

The pro­pos­als could see the ‘tired and un­used units’ re­moved, in­clud­ing the climb­ing frame, slide and bounc­ing seat.

The rock­ing chair and swings will be re­fur­bished. The pro­pos­als re­veal ‘the plat­form heights do not ex­ceed the cur­rent plat­form heights, mak­ing it easy for guardians to fol­low their chil­dren round the large units.’

Green space de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Mal­colm Walls, said: “This is a much needed makeover for a play area that has be­come rather run down.

“The new equip­ment is about much more than phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, it will also of­fer so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, imag­i­na­tive play, ed­u­ca­tional play and ex­cite­ment for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.”

Res­i­dents have been wel­comed to share their thoughts on the pro­pos­als be­fore Fe­bru­ary 26.

The re­fur­bish­ment pro­pos­als will be shared in the sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hood, in­clud­ing schools and nurs­eries, and the posters will be on dis­play at the park.

Any com­ments about the pro­pos­als can be emailed to greenspace­de­vel­op­[email protected] or res­i­dents can phone 01242 262626 by the dead­line date of Fe­bru­ary 26. phillip.thomp­[email protected]­

Pic­ture: Si­mon Pizzey

Fairview’s ABC Play­ground, Cheltenham

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