Big plans for Maresfield play area

Youngsters in Maresfield are set to benefit from big improvements to the play area near the Parklands Estate.

At present it is little more than a grassed area with some traditional play equipment and two small-scale football goals.

A report to members of Wealden District Council's planning committee (north) says the existing equipment is “not particularly inspiring”.

The council’s aim is to create a “natural play garden” with space for play, ball games and bikes and to be accessible by the whole community.

Due to the amount of natural planting proposed, the play space will look different throughout the year, unlike a standard playground which remains the same.

Key elements of the proposals include landscaped grass mounds, small climbing trees, willow screen, boulders and rocks, stepping logs and a number of more traditional items of equipment.

In addition, older children are catered for by the retention of a kick about area, a basketball hoop and the addition of a new bike track, consisting of a system of landscaped paths and ramps for bikes.

Planning committee members meeting on Thursday are recommended to approve the scheme. You can read the full report on the planning application on the Wealden District Council website at|  Go to item No 13.

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