March 5 2015 Latest news:

Designs revealed for £200,000 Dereham play area revamp

New Dereham play area plans. Photo: Supplied New Dereham play area plans. Photo: Supplied

Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:00 AM

Designs for a £200,000 upgrade to a Dereham play area have been approved by town councillors.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

New Dereham play area plans. Photo: SuppliedNew Dereham play area plans. Photo: Supplied

The dramatic improvements planned for the Moorgate play area will be funded by Section 106 contributions – funds secured from the developers of nearby housing estates as part of their planning conditions, to pay for recreation and community facilities.

As well as traditional swings and roundabouts, there is a modern climbing net and zip wire for older children included within the design, which followed a consultation with parents, police and other organisations.

The design was approved by the town council’s recreation committee on Tuesday.

Moorgate is one of nine play areas which are being handed over to the town from Breckland District Council.

The handover, which the town council hopes will be completed by April, will be accompanied by a commuted sum of about £120,000 to pay for the maintenance of the play areas during the next 20 years.

Town clerk Tony Needham said: “We would like to get the new equipment for Moorgate installed before the school summer holidays, but it depends on the sites being transferred to us, and in getting the necessary planning permission for the equipment to go in.

“We are hoping that even if there is a delay in transferring the rest of the nine, then this one could be transferred first so we can get it under way.

“The Section 106 money has to be spent on the locality of the development which provided the money, and there has been a lot of development within 10 minutes walk of this area, including the old Jentique site. It could have been spent on the recreation ground, but that is in quite a reasonable condition, whereas the Moorgate play area is appalling.”

Another site which is scheduled for improvements is the Neatherd play area, already owned by the town council, but for which Breckland currently manages and maintains the equipment.

Mr Needham said the town council has put aside £17,500 for new equipment at the site, and also has a sum of £5,000 from Anglian Water, but it is exploring other possible funding applications, so the final designs will depend on how much extra money can be found.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Eastern Daily Press visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Eastern Daily Press staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Eastern Daily Press account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Norfolk Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 7°C

Five-day forecast

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT