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Dear Playscape supporters - exciting update! See latest news page on recent Council vote and new proposals to enhance the Kings Head Meadow - including a PLAYSCAPE for Wymondham children!!!!!! It has been a while since I have been in touch with you with updates via e-mail and my website. Apologies for this, but myself and fellow Councillors on the Kings Head Meadow Trust Working Group having been flat-out formulating an exciting new proposal for the Kings Head Meadow. This has been based on findings from the rounds of consultations that the Kings Head Meadow Working Group undertook with local organisations in June 2012 and Wymondham residents in early September 2012.
These proposals will be discussed and voted on at this months' Full Town Council meeting to be held on Thursday 14th March at 7.30pm in the Central Hall, Back Lane.
It would be wonderful to see as many of you there as possible.
Thanks for all your support over the last 18 months-plus since I started out to try to get better play facilities for children and families in Wymondham. Let's see what this council meeting brings................
Background information on Play-Wymondham
As a local parent with two young children living in Wymondham I have become increasingly aware of the lack of play areas located centrally for children between the ages of 4 and 11.
Many toddlers and children play on the equipment located at Kings Head Meadow – a perfect location within walking distance of the library, central hall and shopping facilities.However, my eldest child (now six) has outgrown this toddler area and my four year old will soon reach the limits of play options at this location. Myself and many other parents are having to get into our cars and drive to local villages such as Bracon Ash and Ashwellthorpe to enjoy their local and exciting play facilities. I am aware of small parks tucked onto recent housing developments in our town – Bellrope Lane, Harts Farm and the more recent Abbey Road estates, for example.These only realistically serve local residents and I would not deem these to be central for all.In addition to this, these little areas are often constructed by housing developers as they are obliged to provide ‘social infrastructure’ for local populations.
I have been in touch with Wymondham Town Council since October 2010 with regards to this and the Council had suggested an adventure playground to be possibly located at Ketts Park. However, in light of the recent rescinding of proposed commercial development on Kings Head Meadow, I feel that a dialogue now needs to take place to discuss the best location for a central playscape. In order to gauge public opinion, it is important that we gather feedback and ideas to establish demand for an exciting, safe and central place to play in this expanding and vibrant family-friendly market town.
If small villages have these facilities, then why not us?
Back in November 2010 a survey was sent to all parents of Key Stage 1 and 2 children within the Wymondham area (Browick Road Infant School, Ashleigh Infant & Nursery and Robert Kett Junior School). Thank you to those of you that provided your input. My survey results have shown clear demand for a playscape catering for toddlers up to teenage years, all in one location so that parents can supervise their children accordingly. People also want facilities to compliment this recreational space.
A new 'refresher' flyer was recently sent to all local schools (October 2011) to encourage children, parents, families and the community to support the idea of a central playscape for Wymondham children. We need your input to establish demand for this so that we can present this to the Town Council.
Please visit our online petition page and add your contact details to support this campaign. The more feedback and responses we receive, the greater chance we have to get things moving and create something positive for our kids and community. You can also add comments and suggestions on our blog. Could this playscape be located in the heart of our town, to encourage walking, footfall, use of local shops, the library and central hall? A more central location would be easier to maintain and monitor and would encourage families to frequent the town centre. Kings Head Meadow is the only green space in the town centre. A place where you can stretch your legs, walk the dog, and children can actually break into a run. It's also currently due for inclusion into the conservation area.
What price this green space? What are our priorities? Perhaps some long term facilities for residents of all ages?. A decent and engaging playscape for our children - from toddler to more challenging equipment. A park for the whole community, for all ages, young and old. A Parkside cafe to compliment a playscape and use of the Library and Central Hall. A place for High School kids to hang out after school and log on, chill out or even play on challenging equipment. An outdoor gym. A place where people can come together in the heart of our town. A community space where people want to BE, not do a weekly shop and get home straight afterwards.
We should be proud of our expanding and vibrant family-friendly market town. Let’s see if we can get it to expand in a more long-term and sustainable way.