Stratton St Margaret are pleased to announce that they have completed a major upgrade on a number of play areas across the Parish, utilising s106 funding (Developers Contributions). The Open Spaces team have also been planting a number of wild flower meadows to complement the sites.
The equipment includes pirate ships, parkour, cycle routes, swings.
Senior Open Spaces Officer Oliver Saunders says:
‘It is a fantastic opportunity for us as a council to have this Developers Contributions money available to spend on open space improvements. Children’s play equipment is incredibly expensive to build and then to maintain and so it is a big commitment to install more of it. We have a really great team who maintain our play equipment to a high standard and we know that children and adults alike get huge pleasure and fun from it. In the last 12 months we have installed a pirate ship, a coaster ship, a large roundabout a large multi-use games area for football and basketball and last but not least a parkour area. We have also undertaken a great deal of general repairs and small upgrades. The parkour is great for thrill seekers that want to jump around and stretch their physical capabilities but we are noticing it is also being used for more controlled exercise such as doing chin-ups on the high bars. We always welcome any feedback on our play areas.‘
Open Spaces Committee Chairman, Cllr Teresa Page says:
‘It is great that we are able to provide these marvellous play parks that our young families can use at no cost. We are more aware than ever of the importance of fresh air and exercise for our children, Our Parks are enormously popular with our young and not so young residents.‘