Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ward Matters



Rubbish in the open space behind Salters Close, and broken glass in Springfield Park.

A bonus from the publication of first Haughton West News has been that it’s prompted a number of residents to get back in touch regarding problems in the area. As a result, I’ve been out to inspect fly-tipping and general environmental mess in the open space between Salters Close and Daryngton Close, and had another look at the play equipment in Springfield Park.

The latter is due to be refurbished by July, but we’re asking that this date is brought forward. Given the amount of broken glass I saw when I visited today, the cleansing regime will need re-examining too.

3 comments:

miketually said...

Unfortunately, broken glass has been a problem for year in that park. I don't think clearing it up will be helped by the enormous gaps in the flooring, which are large enough to potentially hide a small child.

What is planned for the refurbishment? The 'bridge' was missing completely last time we were there, which made for a scary time with an overly-confident 2-year-old.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

The sad thing is if the play equipment is refurbished it may be vandalised. Hopefully it will not, but the play area is a magnet for underage drinkers. Is the CCTV in Springfield Park working and is the area being monitored?

The other issue I meant to ask about at Talking Together was what's happened to the proposed footpath to the Springfield Park play area from the Whinfield side?

Good luck to the Pirates on Saturday.

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks both of you for your comments.

Mike - we took up the cleansing regime of the play area some time ago. Now it should be cleaned on both Saturdays and Sundays. If this hasn't happened recently, it's because the crew have been diverted having to clean up other parts of Springfield (the bus shelter in Salters Lane South outside the site of the old school is an example) after the mayhem the night before. Street Scene have assured me that normal service will be resumed.

I've been following the refurbishment plans closely - this is what is proposed;

1. Install new pin kerb edge 300mm from existing bow top fence – to act a mowing margin
2. Uplift black safety surface tiles and timber edge surround.
3. Install p.c.c pin kerb edge in place of timber edge
4. Lay wet pour safety surface instead of tiles NB depth of safety surface to be verified with Record.
5. Excavate existing grass within play areas 170mm deep remove arisings
6. Prepare sub formation, apply herbicide and spread and compact 100mm deep type 1 stone
7. Supply and lay bitumen macadam to infill areas surrounding safety surface and including extended area below fenceline to new outer pin kerb. Basecourse: 50mm compacted thickness dense macadam 200 pen grade binder, 20mm nom aggregate size. Wearing course 20mm compacted thickness close graded macadam 200 pen grade binder, 6mm nom aggregate size.
8. Rub down existing play equipment, prepare and re-painting.

(I'm not responsible for the English in the above plan, by the way!)

Alan - the new footpath will be installed when the play area is renovated. I've got some officer text on that too!

1. Install new footpath to corner of play area from north east corner approximately 67 metres; 1.5m wide tarmac with pin kerbs (NB length needs to be verified on site). Basecourse: 50mm compacted thickness dense macadam 200 pen grade binder, 20mm nom aggregate size. Wearing course 20mm compacted thickness close graded macadam 200 pen grade binder, 6mm nom aggregate size.
2. Supply and install new self closing monohinge gate at north east corner of play area at end of new footpath.

Yes, the CCTV continues to be monitored both in Springfield Park and Nightingale Avenue.

As for Rovers - I may even blog live from the game (well from the sofa in front of the tv where I'll be watching it!)