Friday, 20 July 2018

Conservators asked to support new play area

PERMISSION to build a play area in Peppard has been requested by the parish council.

PERMISSION to build a play area in Peppard has been requested by the parish council.

It has written to the Nettlebed and District Commons Conservators, who manage the site on behalf of the Fleming estate, asking them to support the idea in principle.

If the conservators agree, the council will then consult villagers.

The council has identified the top common as a possible location as this would limit the size of the play area and ensure it was surrounded by mature trees on three sides.

It says the site is within 15 minutes’ walking distance of most houses in the parish and has four parking spaces outside the Red Lion pub.

The council’s letter says: “This naturally contained area can only be seen by traffic approaching from the Nettlebed direction. The site is in close proximity to existing facilities used by young people, such as the primary school and tennis club.”

If permission is granted, the council will seek guidance from the conservators on erecting a fence around the site.

It will also carry out a feasibility study, including the cost of installation, equipment and ongoing maintenance, details of grants and other funding options, a timeline and expected usage.

There would be a consultation with residents, police, South Oxfordshire District Council, Peppard Primary School, the Red Lion and the Ruchetta restaurant.

The council said that children had previously indicated that the most popular apparatus would be climbing frames, swings, slides and a zip wire.

It added: “All of these will be constructed of wood with the total design being in keeping with the local area.”

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