Kingsbridge Town Council
Montagu Road Play Area – Improvement Project
10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Saturday 15th December at the play area
Introduction South Hams District Council (SHDC) has a capital budget of £520k for the improvement of its play areas over financial years 2018-2021. Across the district around 25 play areas are aging, have limited play value and are of poor quality. Some of Kingsbridge’s play areas fall into this category and Kingsbridge Town Council’s (KTC) adopted Open Space, Sport & Recreation Plan (available for sighting at www.kingsbridge.gov.uk) identifies total refits of children’s play spaces at Duncombe Park, Homelands, Montagu Road & Trebblepark alongside either replacement ramps/new roofing at the Skatepark or its relocation elsewhere to a new site. However, Kingsbridge’s share of this funding will not come anywhere close to actioning all these projects, so some tough decisions must be made. That said, KTC does have reserves allocated for play equipment refits, accumulated over several years, and therefore it can contribute.
The Way Forward Members of KTC’s Parks & Open Spaces Committee have met with SHDC’s Assets/Place Making and their recommendations have been supported by the Town Council. It is proposed to prioritise new play equipment, including surfacing, for Duncombe Park’s children’s play area and Montagu Road play area. This will mean that Homelands (play equipment already removed) will not be refitted and is effectively withdrawn as a play area. Moreover, there will be no immediate improvements considered for Trebblepark play area. So an improved Montagu Road play area will need to service a wider area of the town to the west of the Cookworthy Road/A379.
A total refit of Duncombe Park children’s play area could cost in the region of £30k-£35k; SHDC may fund £25k with KTC to make up the balance. Likewise, a total refit of Montagu Road play area is identified at £35k-£50k dependent upon design; SHDC may fund £30k and again KTC to make up the balance. In summary, proposed refits at Duncombe Park and Montagu Road are likely to cost in the region of £65k to £85k, with potential SHDC funding at £55k and KTC to make up said balance in the region of £10k to £30k. Overall costs may be reduced if a Kingsbridge play areas tender was managed by SHDC alongside other towns/villages.
Come and join us for Hot Chocolate & Mince Pies!! On Saturday morning 15th December the Parks Committee will set-up a couple of gazebos at Montagu Road play area come rain or shine! A play space provider has supplied KTC with some conceptual drawings which will illustrate what could be achieved on site. The aim is to develop a playground which is safe, fun and socially inclusive. We want it to stimulate children’s social and physical development. What experiences do children want: balancing, rocking, sliding, climbing, swinging? Should the play area be divided into spaces to support different types of play e.g. to include a teenager/adult outdoor fitness zone? What activities will stimulate the user’s experiences and competencies e.g. a sand pit? What other opportunities are there for this bright and open space? In summary, your Town Councillors are looking for the best solution for a Montagu Road play area improvement project and wish to chat to you and capture your thoughts on a brief questionnaire.
If it’s cold and damp, just wrap up, because we really do need you to share your opinions with us. Festive refreshments will be available! Thanks ever so much – we look forward to seeing you on the 15th.