The village playground is well used by the local community and deserves a much-needed re-vamp for our 21st century children. We need to transform the play area with new, innovative equipment to challenge and excite children of all ages and abilities.
After 40 years of service most of the existing playground equipment needs to be replaced; if you look closely you will see corrosion is beginning to affect many of the metal posts which support the equipment, and with safety in mind, where refurbishment isn’t possible, replacement is essential.
We asked the community what they’d like to see and the feedback focused on more equipment suitable for younger and disabled children, and a desire to keep the current slide if at all possible!
After consulting with three specialist playground equipment suppliers, we have decided on a scheme to maximise the space to provide full enjoyment for all children. The existing slide will be refurbished and we will add a mix of new equipment, some appealing to under 5’s, with more adventurous equipment for the older children. We’re still investigating the possibility of equipment suitable for disabled children – so the picture opposite still might change, but it shows the sort of thing we have in mind.
The equipment will be made of natural timber which has been pressure treated and is guaranteed for 20 years. This is the most attractive and cost-effective scheme. We’re also considering a short picket fence around the corner of Homefield and Plough Lane to stop children running onto the road without impacting the open space.
The original scheme was for £48,000 towards which the Parish Council contributed £10,000 and we received additional grant support from:
- £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund
- £10,000 from Dacorum Borough Council Community Grants
- £1,000 from Herts County Councillor Terry Douris
That left us with a balance of £17,000 to find, and we’re delighted to report that as at the end of January 2022 the community had contributed a magnificent £18,000 – and it’s still coming in! As a result at its meeting in January 2022 the Parish Council agreed to commit to an additional £7,000 so we could add a roundabout to the design, with the installation scheduled to take place in March 2022.
Please don’t stop donating, we can always add more functionality to make this a truly wonderful facility for our village.
You can make your donations by bank transfer to Nettleden with Potten End Parish Council Sort Code 60-83-01, account 20443249 (please let us know if you’ve made a transfer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) or
The name of everyone who contributes will be listed on our website and any business or individual who are able to donate £500 or more will, in addition, be recognised by having their name included on a notice board in the park.