Construction of new play area at Regents Park Road Branston has been completed and the park was opened on Thursday 10th March at 3.30pm by the Mayor of East Staffordshire, Conservative Councillor David Leese.
The land had been designated as a public open space with play when the estate was first built. It was adopted by East Staffs Borough Council in 2014. The project uses money specifically provided for this purpose from the developers following the adoption of the land. Construction followed a period of consultation with local residents during the summer of 2015 which involved a letter drop to local people and then a feedback session with representatives of ESBC and the play company HAGs SMP.
Designs were drawn up as a result and after a period of feedback the final design was commissioned. The play area has been installed with equipment that complements the other play areas on the estate and also provides active play for older children. There is also an area for informal football and ball games.
During the consultation period some of the adults raised the subject of fitness and also that the area had been somewhere local people liked to walk their dogs. With this in mind the designers incorporated an outdoor gym and also used the opportunity to provide a dog walking area around the perimeter of the play area, the first of its kind in East Staffordshire.
The Conservative Councillor Colin Whittaker, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services, said: “We are pleased we have been able to deliver this project to such a high standard and also that we were able to include so many of the specific items the local people asked for during the consultation period. It complements the other play areas on the estate, but also caters for older children and adults by providing outdoor fitness equipment and an area for dog walkers.”