Plans for new Roffey playground announced

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Following the campaign by two mums to improve the existing play area in Roffey, Horsham District Council has put together three designs of for a new park and is inviting comments from residents.

The council has worked with a number of Roffey residents in formulating the designs for a play area for a younger children’s play area and the comments from the public will help inform the final decision as to what design should go ahead.

The designs show schemes costing up to £46,000, but the council (dependent on the outcome of a funding application) is only currently able to fund up to £24,000, which will provide a new multi-play unit, a new set of toddler swings, a path and a replacement fence instead of the dilapidated wall.

All comments should be sent to freeplayzone@horsham.gov.uk by Wednesday 19 December.

Jonathan Chowen, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage and Leisure, said: “I hope that anyone with an interest in the play area in Beech Road takes this opportunity to have their say on these new and exciting plans.

“It will be great to see how this play area develops in the future and how these much needed improvements will make for a better environment for the local children to enjoy.”

One of the three options being for a new play area at Beech Road, Roffey, being considered by Horsham District Council - submitted by HDC

One of the three options being for a new play area at Beech Road, Roffey, being considered by Horsham District Council - submitted by HDC

Please leave your comments on Horsham District Council’s facebook page, email freeplayzone@horsham.gov.uk or join the local residents’ Facebook group

The plans can be viewed by visiting the Horsham District Council website (www.horsham.gov.uk) by searching ‘current play projects’ in the top task bar.

The council would also like to hear from anyone who could help local residents apply for additional funding (through an application to Biffa or Big Lottery) to complete the play scheme, which would include an extra roundabout, play mound and trail.

For more information on the plans, call Horsham District Council on 01403 215256 or email freeplayzone@horsham.gov.uk

For reaction from the parents about their campaign’s success see Thursday’s County Times.