Hughes Way play area, the next to be upgraded by Uckfield Town Council.

Hughes Way play area is next to be upgraded by Uckfield Town Council

The play area at Hughes Way has been chosen as the next to be upgraded by Uckfield Town Council.

Hempstead Road and Ridgewood Recreation Ground play areas have already been upgraded and members of the council’s environment and leisure committee made the decision about Hughes Way on Monday.

The Church Coombe Residents’ Association has asked for the work to be done saying the existing equipment, which was transferred to the council by developers in 1998, is very basic.

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Hughes Way play area where the equipment is basic and needs upgrading, according to Church Coombe Residents’ Association.

The association has already surveyed children in the area to establish what equipment they would like to see included and the council has decided to ask a play company to visit and give an initial quote for the cost.

The council intends to carry out a survey of nearby residents once they have an idea of when they will be able to proceed.

Councillors were told that £50,000 has already been set aside in the next financial year towards the cost – the figure was corrected from the £25,000 shown in a report to the committee.

The residents’ association also has the opportunity of applying to Wealden Council for a grant under their district-wide community and environment scheme which has a total fund of £36,000.

Cllr Helen Firth spoke in favour of agreeing to upgrade the play area. She said she had been inundated with complaints about the state of the equipment which had needed updating for a long time. “We have just got to accept this and go with it.”

Cllr Ian Smith said it could take three to four years to do the job but assistant town clerk Christine Wheatley said that if the residents’ association was able to access match funding it might be possible to proceed earlier than that.

She suggested asking a play company to come in and give an initial quote for the work to give an idea of how much money needed to be raised. She added that it was quite a small area and the cost could be minimal in comparison with other areas.

Cllr Duncan Bennett urged that the council proceeded as quickly as possible to get quotes. It could be that they would be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

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