The council’s £1.4million investment at both Harwoods and Harebreaks has secured the future of both sites for play for local young people.
When these sites open next spring they will offer exciting, adventurous and inclusive play and we are sure that they will soon become a firm favourite with young people and their families. Both sites will be fully accessible and there will be a range of equipment that children of all abilities will be able to enjoy – the previous playgrounds did not have any play equipment that was suitable for children with disabilities and this is something we have been able to address in the new designs.
At the same time, the council is developing a programme of Easter and summer holiday activities and will shortly be engaging with young people to find out what they would like to see included.
The new play provision was considered publicly at four council meetings and representations were taken from both play professionals and local residents at each meeting. All comments received by the council between June and October were also considered. The council’s decision was examined in detail by the High Court last week and upheld. We are now starting work on the transformation of both sites.