Monday, 30 November 2020

Fleming estate to be asked for view on play area for common

THE owners of the top common in Peppard are to be approached about having a play area on the land.

THE owners of the top common in Peppard are to be approached about having a play area on the land.

Peppard Parish Council is to write to the Fleming estate to ask if it would support the idea in principle.

The Nettlebed and District Commons Conservators, who manage the common, will also be asked for their view. Residents will be consulted before any plans are drawn up.

The conservators have already asked where the play area would be located, what equipment would be used and whether there would be fencing.

Councillor Terry Ryan told a meeting of the council he had an idea of the location but didn’t want to reveal this to neighbours until it was more definite.

Councillor David Hammond said it was important the community understood that nothing had been agreed. Councillor Fiona Berry added: “It’s in the early stages to see if it’s even possible. What we should be doing is say, ‘we’re thinking of putting in a playground and want to make sure it fits in with the environment if we do’. I’m very keen that we take it very slowly.”

Councillor Hadley Cooper suggested putting the play area on the new school site. Cllr Ryan said Sonning Common had a play area in the grounds of its primary school.

He said he would prefer the area to be fenced but Cllr Berry said listing potential equipment at this stage would be too definitive. She said: “That’s for when we have to consult with residents about what kind of playground it should be. There’s a lot of different types.”

The council agreed a statement, saying: “As part of our continued efforts to explore the possibility of a play area in the parish, the parish council has agreed to approach the managers and owners of Peppard Common regarding the possibility of putting a play area on the top common.

“At this stage, the council has agreed not to proceed with this or any other proposal without full consultation with affected residents and other parties.”

The council also agreed that a feasibility study would only be carried out if the conservators agreed with the idea in principle.

lA £5,000 refurbished play area in Kidmore End will be opened with a village picnic on September 7 at noon. The site, behind Butlers Orchard, will include a bird’s nest swing, zip wire, climbing frame, wide slide with log steps and a tunnel, log swing, cockerel four-way and a dual-axis roundabout as well as a grassed area for ball games.

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