In our recent newsletters, we’ve been keeping local residents informed about the Playbuilders scheme – a pot of money secured by the Council to substantially upgrade play facilities in the Borough. We argued that Springfield Park deserved to share in the cash, and were delighted when the Council accepted our arguments. David, Andy and I have also been arguing for years that a new play area was necessary south of Whinfield Road, and again this has been agreed by the Council.
Consultation is being led by the Groundwork organisation – they have already begun by knocking on doors of properties overlooking the playing field in Whinfield Park. The response from local residents was very positive - no one was against the play area, and families came to the door with their children because they all wanted to have their say.
There were some comments about anti-social behaviour issues but most of the parents were saying why should they let the older ones ruin it for their children? We completely agree.
Groundwork are now holding a free play and consultation sessions during the Easter holidays to give children, young people and adults the chance to speak with them. If you live in the area, why not get along and let them know how you would like to see money made available for play provision in our community. We've put out 600 letters around the ward promoting the work.
The sessions will take place today, Tuesday 13th April 2010 between 11am and 2.30pm on Springfield Playing Field, and on Thursday 15th April 2010 between 11am and 2.30pm on on Rockwell Nature Reserve (by the river) – it would be great to see you there.