A new Uckfield play area moved much nearer last night (July 10).
Town councillors considered six competing bids to completely renew the play area at Hughes Way, near to the Church Coombe Estate.
They selected HAGS-SMP, a company responsible for the play areas at Hempstead Road and Ridgewood Rec.
Members of the council’s environment and leisure committee made the decision.
They said the design from HAGS-SMP was superior to the other bidders with an excellent range of facilities.
Councillors said they prided themselves on consultations with residents and the HAGS-SMP design scored highly with local people.
It was, they said, a narrow victory.
The designs were put on public display at the beginning of the month. See report with photographs of the illustrations of how the play area could look.
Last night’s decision means that it is now highly likely that work on the new play area will begin towards the end of the summer or early autumn.
The project for the equipment and installation was included in this financial year’s Uckfield Town Council budget. Up to £50,000 was set aside.
Church Coombe Community Association
The Church Coombe Community Association has secured an additional £5,000 towards the scheme from Wealden District Council.
The community association has also applied to the Tesco community fund for a contribution towards the cost of upgrading the play area.
Shoppers are able to vote with tokens for their choice of three projects displayed in the Uckfield store.
The Church Coombe Community Association in-store appeal says: “Help us to purchase new play equipment for Hughes Way Play Area, Uckfield, as well as improve the site with safety flooring, planting, seating and fencing.”
Assistant town clerk Christine Wheatley said the project was not dependent on a contribution from the Tesco community fund, but items such as fencing, bins and seating were not included in the quotes and any additional money could help provide those.
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