One of the priorities in The St George Neighbourhood Plan is that St George should have good quality children’s play areas close to all residents.
The Partnership can work with Bristol Parks and other parts of the Council to help local residents who want to see their local play areas improved.
As a first stage advice and assistance (such as printing and the provision of freepost envelopes) can be given to carry out consultations to find out what type of play equipment is most wanted. The Partnership can then provide further support in applying for grants and getting detailed designs drawn up, and has some small sums of money in its control that it can allocate to be used as seed money or match funding.
There are four areas of St George where groups of residents are actively involved in trying to improve their local play area.
At Troopers Hill Field there is currently a solitary 1970s slide and some climbing logs that were installed in 2009. With the support of the Partnership and Bristol Parks, Friends of Troopers Hill are runnng a consultation that is open until Monday 1st June to establish whether local people would support a new play area in the Field. Find out more and respond to the consultation here. If there is sufficient support then the group will work towards getting a finalised design and applying for grants. The Neighbourhood Partnership has allocated £15,000 of Section 106 money to this project which the group aims to use as ‘match funding’.
Meanwhile Friends of Dundridge Park will soon be holding a similar consutation about expanding their play area and another £15,000 of Section 106 money has also been allocated here. Local residents at Dundridge first contacted the Partnership when the swings in the park had to be removed for safety reasons last year. The swings have now been replaced but there is a demand for more play equipment to be installed, particularly for older children.
At Meadow Vale there is a long term project being progressed by Meadow Vale Community Association to expand the Community Centre and to improve facilities in the adjacent park at the same time, including adding play equipment for children of a range of ages. We hope to be able to post more details of this exciting project soon.
In St George Park the play area was rebuilt in 2009 with the design representing a dragon based on ideas from local children. The two plastic slides that form the dragon’s nostrils are currently out of use due to vandalism and need to be replaced. Bristol Parks are trying to source suitable replacements that will be more robust. As a result of the prolonged closure of the slides a facebook group was set up to campaign for improvements to the play area. Initial discussions have now been held between members of that group, Friends of St George Park, Bristol Park’s play officer and representatives of the Partnership about how we can work together to bring about enhancements to the play area as part of the Friends of St George Park overall vision for improving the park.
St George Neighbourhood Partnership would also like to hear from any residents near Colebrook Road who might be interested in getting involved with improving the play area there.