Moves are being made towards upgrading the play area on Luxford Field in Uckfield.
Initial proposals and costs are to be considered by members of the council’s environment and leisure committee on Monday night.
One proposal is to change the shape of the play area, which is currently long and thin and makes it difficult for parents to keep track of more than one child, especially if one is at the top and another at the bottom of the park.
A report to the committee says this would also enable easy manoeuvrability and ‘flow’ between the equipment.
Five play area companies have been asked to prepare estimates to upgrade the play area.
The report says that due to its location, near High Street, Luxford Field Car Park, Tesco and Holy Cross Primary School, the play area is recommended to be of high quality.
The report continues: “At present a number of defects have been reported in a recent inspection and various pieces of equipment have been removed.”
It says that the field is used for various events throughout the year, but it is believed the new design would not affect these and could actually increase the overall surface area of the field itself.
An upgrade of the play area is estimated to cost in the region of £130,000 and the council currently has £119,053 earmarked for the project.
Specifications suggested for the new play area are:
- Replace all fencing with standard ‘bow top’ fencing.
- New footpath at the top to be more user friendly
- Low maintenance equipment
- Leave current trees and picnic areas in situ, this is good for shade for parents and toddlers
- Install ‘wow factor’ multi-use, piece of equipment
- Equipment for all users and abilities.
Councillors are asked to note the report, agree the shape of the upgraded play area, agree to set aside £20,000 within the 2020/21 budget towards the upgrade, and give permission for office staff to formally seek tenders for the upgrade.
Town council clerk Holly Goring told Uckfield News no decision would be made about the play area until Monday evening’s meeting, and members would be asked to consider the change in layout at that time, following feedback from play area companies.
Ms Goring added that public consultation would follow once the formal tendering process had commenced.