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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Planning under way on play area facelift

YOUNG mums in Corbridge could soon be consulted on plans to install a new outdoor play area behind the parish hall.

Pictured in the playground behind the parish hall in Corbridge are, left to right, Mike Pottage, Faith Rutherford and Maurice Hodgson.

Plans have been drawn up by a group of volunteer parents, to update the aging facilities for under eights, using money set aside for recreation facilities in the village by housing developers.

Corbridge Parish Council decided to upgrade the facility about a year ago and recruited parents Chris Nevis, Faith Rutherford, Joanne Neal and Gillian Wood who have been working on a design with parish councillors Pam Proud, Gillian Dickinson and chairman Mike Pottage, ever since.

From monkey bars to slides, the proposals for the new equipment to replace the existing 15-year-old park, includes an exciting mix of new attractions while leaving enough space for the annual village show marquee and Scouting activities which go on in the hall gardens.

Coun. Pottage said: “There’s somewhere in the region of £25,000 money available for new play facilities which we hope to be able to access.

“The next stage will be to organise an open event at the parish hall, hopefully later this month, where local people and young mums and families can come and have a look and have their say on what we’re hoping to do.”

Meanwhile, the boundary wall of the hall and play park is badly in need of rebuilding, with some parts crumbling and presenting a potential danger to youngsters using the area.

But the parish council has been asked to fund the estimated £15,000 worth of necessary repairs, which it is proposed should include a gate in the rear wall to allow visibility and access to the existing play park designed for older children, on the neighbouring Chains housing estate.

“Parents would be able to keep an eye on children of different age groups simultaneously and maybe we will add some seats in due course,” said Coun. Pottage.

“The plans are subject to final consultation, approval and planning permissions but we hope work can start in the spring.”