Children in Hailsham can look forward to new improved facilities as plans to improve some play areas were discussed by town councillors, with proposals set to deliver an exciting upgrade to play equipment.
It was highlighted at a recent of the Assets Management Committee that the play areas located in Battle Road, Stroma Gardens and next to the Maurice Thornton Playing Field require the replacement of some play equipment, due to coming to the end of its serviceable life or the onset of corrosion.
With the success of the new play area at Western Road, the Town Council has taken this opportunity to bring the three play areas up to optimum standard, offering excellent play value for all users. The project will be funded by using the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money and future-proof the play areas for the next 10-15 years.
The Council has already agreed a budget of over £40K for the overlaying of the wet pour surface at the sites and the Town Council has further agreed to invest between £100K to £120K for upgrades and improvements to play areas.
“The proposed revamp of some on the maintained play areas is part of the Town Council’s continued commitment to improve local parks and open space,” said Works Manager Richard Gillett. “Children’s play areas play a vital role in outdoor recreation, providing children with an area to relax, meet friends and play.”
“The Town Council’s play areas strike a balance between providing stimulating play and meeting current safety requirements, which is why we pride ourselves in maintaining our facilities to the highest standards and undertaking regular inspections, repairs and replacements where necessary, as well as upgrades such as those discussed by town councillors recently.”
“The Battle Road, Stroma Gardens and Maurice Thornton play facilities are well-used and the proposed improvement works ton those sites will see the installation of new and more inclusive equipment, plus it will also help the Town Council tackle the challenge of a growing number of families with children in the Hailsham area.”
In addition to Battle Road, Stroma Gardens and Maurice Thornton, the Town Council currently manages play areas in Western Road and Quinnell Drive, in addition to two outdoor gym sites and a children’s skate park.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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