As part of the Town Council’s 10-year Playground Investment Strategy, during February and March this year, a consultation was conducted to seek the views of local residents regarding the Skyllings Play Area.

At a Community Services Committee meeting in September 2019, it was agreed to remove the existing MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) and consider an improvement plan to investigate the options for remodelling the Play area with a view to also mitigate the impact of the Play area noise for residents.

Further to this, at a meeting in March 2020, the funding was approved in principle for new play equipment.

In total, 113 households in Skyllings & Walton Way were hand delivered a consultation asking for their views on the proposed new equipment. Notices were also placed in the area and the consultation was available on the Council’s website for anyone with an interest to comment.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, said, “As part of the Town Council’s Strategy, from this April this year, we are committed to ensuring safety and quality by implementing a long-term rolling plan for the refurbishment and/or replacement of our playground and other park equipment when it reaches the end of its life.

He continued, “As part of this I am pleased that the Skyllings consultation has had a good return rate, and the majority of residents are keen to have some new equipment so that their children have a safe and engaging environment to play.

“I am also pleased that the we have been able to respond to the concerns of local residents complaining of noise in the area”.

Of the 24 responses received, the majority were in favour of the proposed investment, which included new play equipment for children aged between 4 and 16 years old. Items which were considered included a ‘wobble board’, ‘spinner’ and ‘gravity bowl’ together with other play equipment which are already in use in Victoria Park and are very popular.

The programme of Works is yet to be finalised and will depend on the equipment manufacturers and installation contractors being able to deliver this project during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We do, however, anticipate that works may be able to start in late summer this year.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council 01635 36591
Hugh Peacocke, CEO, Newbury Town Council 01635 35486

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