Uckfield play area set for makeover

Hempstead Road play area in Uckfield is to receive a complete overhaul and new equipment, with some of it designed for adults.

The green light to the scheme has been given by town councillors and follows consultation with residents and a public exhibition showing equipment suppliers.

Six companies exhibited their proposals at the civic centre exhibition with proposals from HAGS/SMP being the public’s preferred choice.

Councillors have approved the scheme in principle and have left it to officers to sort out the details. It is likely the new equipment could be installed later this year.

One of the current items on the Hempstead Road play area

One of the current items on the Hempstead Road play area

Uckfield Town Council has a policy of “saving” money on an annual basis to build up a pot to periodically overhaul the town’s play areas on a rolling programme

At a meeting of the environment and leisure committee, Cllr Brian Marsh, questioned the spending of around £100,000 on a play area when the council faced the prospect of a difficult budget-setting process in the autumn.

He said for the current financial year the council had increased council tax by 6.1 per cent and “ordinary people were amazed at what is going on with their money”.

Other councillors pointed out that the council had a duty to ensure play equipment was safe and fit to use. If it became dangerous, a play area would have to close. Cllr Lousie Eastwood said: “We have been putting money aside; we have been saving.”

This is an illustration of ideas favoured by the public. Not every item shown will necessarily be included in the finished play area

This is an illustration of ideas favoured by the public. Not every item shown will necessarily be included in the finished play area.

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