Councillors ‘delighted’ by positive feedback to new playground proposals on Saffron Walden common

PUBLISHED: 10:42 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 08 June 2018

R4U councillors Sharon Morris and Heather Asker gained feedback from residents. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

R4U councillors Sharon Morris and Heather Asker gained feedback from residents. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Local political party Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has said it’s delighted by the positive feedback towards the proposal to renew the play equipment on the Saffron Walden common and has launched a survey to gain more feedback.

Saffron Walden Town Council has completed the second public display of its proposals for revamping the common playground, and received support from residents. The initiative has been led by R4U’s Paul Gadd and supported by councillors Sharon Morris and Arthur Coote. They conducted a second feedback event in the Market Square last Saturday following the previous event hosted by town council officers.

Councillor Gadd, leader of the SWTC playground working group said: “The current common playground was installed 45 years ago, and had a moderate refurbishment nearly two decades ago. While it still meets all current safety standards, much of the equipment is outdated and reaching the end of its life. Also there is no disability-enabled equipment.

“Saffron Walden has grown hugely since the playground was first installed, and beyond a few small local play areas there has been no significant investment in play equipment for many years. We were delighted by the enthusiasm shown by the residents so far. On Saturday we received more than 450 responses in favour of renewing the playground, with only one response against.”

Councillor Gadd continued: “Since R4U councillors were first elected in 2015 we have rebuilt the town’s finances and focused on trying to make Saffron Walden an even better place to live through a series of key initiatives. “Included in those initiatives is the recently opened new path across the common to connect both sides and the existing play area.

“For the playground revamp we sought proposals from six play equipment manufacturers. We met the two preferred suppliers, and have tried to pick the best ideas from each.

“We’re very excited about the final proposal, and have made sure that as much as possible of the new equipment will be disability-enabled.”

Residents who missed the previous feedback events can review the proposal and provide feedback online at www.residents4u.org/playsurvey.

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