Wait continues in long-running dispute over Wymondham’s King’s Head Meadow play area

A scene from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury's Fecebook Live coverage of the April Wymondham

A scene from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury's Fecebook Live coverage of the April Wymondham Town Counicl meeting. Picture: Stuart Anderson - Credit: Archant

Delays following a Play England inspection of Wymondham's King's Head Meadow have meant a decision over the future of the playscape equipment there has once again been put off.

Parents, children and supporters at the protest at King's Head Meadow, Wymondham, last year. PHOTO

Parents, children and supporters at the protest at King's Head Meadow, Wymondham, last year. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

An inspector from the national body visited the meadow during the past month to assess the suitability of a site next to the Back Lane car park, where it has been proposed to move the play equipment.

The inspector was also asked to assess the rest of the meadow during the visit.

Mayor Joe Mooney, who chaired tonight's (Tuesday, April 4) Wymondham Town Council meeting at Central Hall, said: 'They confirmed that they did visit the site and that the report would not be finalised in time to meet the deadline for this meeting. This council will not make any decision until we have sighted the report.'

A majority of town councillors voted last year to remove the playscape equipment - installed in 2014 at a cost of £75,000 - due to concerns from residents of nearby Orchard Way over noise and anti-social behaviour.

Wymondham residents at a King's Head Meadow playground consultation meeting at the Central Hall last

Wymondham residents at a King's Head Meadow playground consultation meeting at the Central Hall last year. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY


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But in August, scores of residents who wanted to keep the play equipment where it was occupied the site when contractors were due to move in.

NCC stepped in and ran a series of public consultation sessions, and then set up the working group to try to find a solution.

The group then recommended, although not unanimously, to move the playscape to the Back Lane side of the meadow.

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Other matters discussed at the meeting included:

- A South Norfolk Council electoral boundary review.

- A South Norfolk Council community governance review, which looked at the number of town and parish councils in the district.

Mr Mooney said of this: 'It appears to me that they are trying to encourage smaller parish councils to come together.'

- Councillor Kevin Hurn reported on a meeting with the Visit Wymondham group. Mr Hurn said the group was finalising its application for funding to stage a 'Kett's Rebellion weekend' in 2018. The weekend would include a re-enactment of Kett's Rebellion, a 1549 insurrection in which peasant farmers marched on Norwich in a battle over land rights.

Mr Hurn said: 'They should be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund within eight weeks and they should receive notice of if it has been successful within six weeks of the application day.'

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