Play area provision 

Bath and North East Somerset Council provides 60 play spaces, with others provided by Curo Housing and Town/Parish Councils.

B&NES Council needs to find 36.8 million pounds worth of savings over the next 5 years and is scrutinizing every service in order for it to live within its means. In addition to this, we appreciate that childrens' play experiences can be provided in a range of ways beyond a formal, fenced play space and therefore we want to explore diversifying our play offer.

To start this process, the Council has recently undertaken a comprehensive review of all of its play spaces and has found that there is some duplication in the provision of formal play areas re: age demographic and close proximity to other play spaces. We have also learned from the Play Pathfinder project that children very much preferred playing in natural landscapes and were not necessarily reliant on fixed play equipment.

As a result of the Council’s Play Area Review, we are proposing to consult the public on the following ten sites:

Burnt House Road, Bath: Remove the play equipment as there is better provision at nearby Sulis Meadows play area and relandscape (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 17th September 2019).

Calton Road, Bath: Remove formal play equipment as there is better provision at nearby Widcombe and Alexandra Park play areas; and create a woodland seating area as a welcome stop-off before the climb through Beechen Cliff (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 2nd September 2019).

Chalfield Play Area, Keynsham: re-landscaping the area with wildflowers or trees, or creating a natural play, increased diversity and/or social space (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 11th September 2019).

Burchill Close, Clutton: Removal of 1 play equipment item as there is more comprehensive provision at nearby Venus Lane and re-landscaping the area to grass and trees.  

Hillside Crescent, Midsomer Norton: Removal of play items, as the nearby Clapton Rd area is more conspicuous, and seek to consider a new community garden area (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 20th September 2019).

Kilmersdon Road, Haydon: Replace equipment with landscaping to encourage natural play, increased diversity and broad community use (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 12th September 2019).

Loxton Drive, Bath: Remove play equipment and replace with  landscaping to encourage natural play and broad community use  (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 13th September 2019).

Manor Copse, Writhlington: remove formal play equipment and explore the scope for creating a community garden/social space (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 18th September 2019).

Parry Close Play Area, Bath: remove the formal play equipment as there are play areas nearby at Hillcrest, Rosewarn and Brickfields and re-landscape to encourage natural play, increased diversity and broad community use (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 6th September 2019).

Saint Saviours Play Area, Bath: remove formal play equipment as there is better provision at nearby Alice Park and Larkhall Recs and re-landscape to encourage natural play, increased diversity and broad community use (feedback session 3.30- 5pm, 3rd September 2019).

How can people have their say about the future of these sites?

We have a series of consultation sessions planned as detailed above, we are keen to hear more about how the spaces can best serve the needs of all of the community that live in the area. There will be an opportunity to share ideas at the feedback sessions and at a follow up session in October/November. To find out more, look out for signs in the park or open space.

 

Alternatively, you can email parks@bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 39 40 41

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