Helping local people to improve their physical & mental wellbeing
We are in the process of improving the recreation ground. Stage one was to consult recreation ground users about the type of improvements they would like to see. Our aim is to provide something that will appeal to all age ranges. We also consulted play equipment providers and parks officers in Herts and Bucks.
Recreation ground users have suggested the following options:
Expand the play area and add more equipment for 6-12 year olds The play area would expand across to the skate ramp and up to the hedge by the road. Users have asked for: flat-seat swings, slide, zip-wire, more challenging climbing, spinning.
Create a picnic area at the bottom of the play area The picnic tables could be inside and outside the play area. If outside, anyone could use them. Add a new gate at the bottom of the play area.
Install a 30m cableway (zip-wire) This would run along the hedge by the cricket pitch. Apart from some older residents, this was the most popular item of equipment in our consultation.
Improve the skate spot for teenagers Users have suggested: quarter pipe, grind rail, boxes, smoother surface, lighting for winter evenings. Or we could install a concrete linear scooter park on the grass by the car park?
Upgrade the basketball hoop to a multi-goal on a 15x12m tarmac pad Markings for 3x3 basketball as well as football. We are taking advice from local basketball teams.
Install exercise equipment for adults & teenagers Personal trainers and park users recommend / prefer street workout bars rather than cardio machines. Install footpaths to make it easier for seniors, disabled people & pushchairs
A new path from the skate ramp tarmac to the gate of the play area. A meandering path from the Heron's Elm entrance to the car park with some benches & planting.
Step two will be to send this summary of recreation ground user's suggestions as a tender to play equipment suppliers and ask them to send us proposals with detailed designs and costs. All designs will comply with safety regulations.
On Monday 28 June 2021 we uploaded a tender for play equipment suppliers to the Contracts Finder on the government website.
Step 3 will be to evaluate the suppliers' proposals.
Step 4 will be for the full parish council to vote on which proposal to proceed with.
The final step will be installation which will be some time in the Autumn / Spring.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the clerk or one of the councillors on the Recreation Ground Committee.
High Street between New Road and Darrs Lane
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High Street South outside the shops
This pollution hotspot is connected with the one on the High Street. Some drivers sit in their cars with the engine running while waiting in the parking spaces outside the shops. We are installing signs asking drivers to switch off their engines while waiting.