The Parish Council has set up a Working Party to investigate the possibility of creating a Community Playground on Bell Meadow.
The Working Party has now met several times. The first meeting decided that it was necessary to establish community interest and the level of likely usage. This was demonstrated by circulating an agreed questionnaire to every household in the Parish as well as to the School and Tadpoles as interested parties. There were 93 questionnaires returned representing a 30%+ return, of which 23 were from the School and Tadpoles. The returns indicate a child village residency of 27 aged up to 16 years and up to 127 regular children visitors. 88% of the returns indicated that a community playground would be a village asset with a 76% encouragement of use. There were 5 negative responses and with some expressing concern on costs. The questionnaire results were displayed at the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2018 and a presentation was given. The results can be download here: Playground Questionnaire Analysis
The Working Party considered the illustrated factual report on the questionnaire. It concluded that there was a sufficient positive response to proceed to the next stage of inviting three selected suppliers to put forward proposals and costs for consideration. To this end a sub-group was formed to instigate negotiations with prospective suppliers and to consider funding. All proposals received were then refined to the same budget of under £25k. The proposals were available to view at the Bell Meadow Day event in August 2018. The Working Party/Parish Council are now in the process of completing a Full Planning Application. This will be available to view on the Parish Council website, advertised in the Parish Magazine and discussed at a Parish Council meeting. When Planning Permission has been approved the next stage will be to have a public meeting and invite the playground companies to present their ideas. The Working Party will then work with the preferred company to progress the project. Fundraising and grant applications will commence after Plannign Permission has been approved. It is hoped that the playground can be installed during Summer 2019.