Wymondham’s King’s Head Meadow playscape fate still up in the air after delays with Play England visit

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

A decision over the fate of Wymondham's King's Head Meadow playscape has been pushed back another month.

Members of the town council had to go back to the drawing board on a move to have an official from Play England visit to assess the meadow after Norfolk County Council (NCC) withdrew from the process.

NCC last year helped the town council establish a working group to resolve a deadlock over the playscape, which has seen residents of nearby Orchard Way - who want the equipment moved due to concerns over noise and anti-social behaviour - pitted against others from the town, who want the equipment to stay where it is.

At last month's meeting, councillors voted to have a Play England representative visit and be shown around the site by town clerk Trevor Gurney and Amy Brooke, from NCC, who chaired the working group.

However, when NCC pulled out, a new resolution was needed, and at a council meeting at Central Hall on Wednesday councillors voted to have the Play England representative assess the meadow unaccompanied.

After a heated debate among councillors and including interjections and jeers from members of the public, it was also agreed the representative should have access to all available information about the dispute, including the working group's recommendations.

Joe Mooney, mayor of chair of the meeting, said: 'He will judge it on its merits, he's a professional.'

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Councillors also agreed to have the representative prepare a report of their findings, and attend a town council meeting to speak about it and answer questions.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, councillors voted set up a 'task and finish group' to consider the outcome of a review into the way the council operates.

The governance review followed complaints about the way the council from members of the public to South Norfolk Council.

Its report recommended actions the town council should take, including everything from running community forums, to launching social media accounts and improving its website.

Councillor Doug Underwood said the recommendations should be acted on.

He said: 'If they are, I think we've got the potential to make this council a lot better.'

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