Friday, 25 May 2018

Play area looks old on common

PLANS for a new play area in Peppard should be changed, says a parish councillor.

PLANS for a new play area in Peppard should be changed, says a parish councillor.

Tony Rancombe, who was co—opted last month, made the claim at a council meeting on Monday last week.

A planning application for the £50,000 play area, designed by Fenland Leisure Products, which includes 19 pieces of equipment was submitted in May.

Cllr Rancombe, who is also a member of Nettlebed and District Commons Conservators, said: “A play area of that sort looks a bit odd on Peppard Common, not so much with similar play areas in slightly more urbanised place like Henley.”

He suggested the council installs a play trail, similar to that already in place in Nettlebed.

Cllr Rancombe added: “I watched Barack Obama being interviewed by David Attenborough and they were saying how children get excited about nature. A play trail seems a better option for somewhere like Peppard Common but these are just my thoughts.”

Councillor Terry Ryan, who leads the play area project, replied: “If this site is not approved there won’t be a play area as there is no alternative site.

“I looked at the whole parish and there is no other site. We surveyed and 65 per cent of people want that type of play area on the common.”

The council agreed to apply to South Oxfordshire District Council’s Communities Capital Grant Scheme to help to pay for the play area.

The scheme is for applications between £15,000 and £100,000 to pay for community initiatives such as buildings and equipment.

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