Friday, 20 July 2018

Permission sought for children’s playground

PLANNING permission is to be sought for a new children’s playground in Peppard.

PLANNING permission is to be sought for a new children’s playground in Peppard.

The parish council this week unanimously approved a design by Fenland Leisure Products that includes 19 pieces of equipment.

The £50,000 playground would be built on the top common, near the lay–by on the link road between the B481 and Colliers Lane.

Councillor Terry Ryan, who has been leading the project, said the chosen design was about £10,000 more expensive that the alternative but included more equipment.

The playground structures will be made of wood instead of coloured metal, which was proposed by the other company bidding for the work.

Chairman Barry Wood said: “I prefer it as it is more in keeping with the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which we are situated.” Councillor Tony Cotton said he was concerned about how the project would be funded.

But Cllr Ryan replied: “There are many possible ways of funding the play area, including going to South Oxfordshire District Council, which may be able to pay up to half the cost.”

The council also agreed to mark off the area using five birch trees per metre that will grow to create a “living” wall as the boundary.

Cllr Ryan said: “You cannot get away with as few as three trees and seven would be too many. The cost of the materials for this fencing would be £2,044, not including labour.”

The playground would have two self–closing gates for going in and out.

The district council will decide whether to grant planning permission.

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