Next stage of Frampton Cotterell play area work to start this month

November 01 2019
Next stage of Frampton Cotterell play area work to start this month

THE next phase of the redevelopment of Frampton Cotterell's revamped play area is about to get underway.

A basket swing, a slide from the tower and a wooden fence are set to be installed at the Beesmoor Road play area from the end of November, and parts of it will have to be closed temporarily while the work is carried out.

The fence will keep the play area separate from the playing field itself.

Committee member and fundraiser Kate Colechin said: “This next phase will help the site look much more attractive. The new fencing and new gates have been been important features of the redevelopment. I'm sure the children will especially enjoy the slide though.”

If enough funding is available, a willow tunnel will be installed next year, following a community workshop in February 2020 which will be similar in format to the den frame workshops back in July. More than 80 children and their families came to the den frame workshops and enjoyed helping to create part of their play area.

The majority of the new equipment is already in place after the Beesmoor Road Playing Fields Management Committee spent almost five years raising funds and applying for grants, successfully raising £140,000 towards the total £150,000 cost.

Money has come from the Enovert Community Fund, Ibstock Community Fund, the Postcode Local Trust, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and Frampton Cotterell and Westerleigh parish councils.

The revamp is being carried out by Touchwood, a specialist company which has made all the new play equipment out of wood. It has already worked at Page Park in Staple Hill and the Witches Hat play area in Yate.

The community has been involved from the start, with a workshop held to hear local views and local children asked for their opinions.

The playing field was donated to the village in the 1940’s and is held in trust. The management committee is run solely by volunteers and it’s responsible for the upkeep of the park and pavilion and for raising funds to cover maintenance costs.

Anyone who would like to get involved should email beesmoorroadpf@outlook.com.