Monday, 7 April 2014

TDC award £40k to improve Broadstairs play area

Cabinet Members for Thanet District Council have agreed to provide approximately £40,000 of funding to help improve the facilities at Memorial Park playground in Broadstairs.
The decision made at a meeting last week (Thursday 3 April), follows a 1,760 strong petition submitted to the council by local residents to undertake major improvements to the Broadstairs play area, and will include relocation of the play area to a more suitable place.
Cabinet Member for Safer Neighbourhoods, Cllr Iris Johnston, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support the sterling efforts of the Revive our Rec group in Broadstairs. I’ve had several conversations with Ms Merriman both before and since the petition, and I’m so pleased that officers have been able to help me identify the funding needed.
“Although this play areas was identified as a medium risk, I felt that the exceptional efforts of these residents to highlight their concerns, needed recognition. Officers and I will be meeting with them on site next week to start discussions around how the improvements could take place.”
Cabinet agreed to the refurbishment of four play areas across Thanet that were highlighted by ROSPA (Royal Society for the prevention of accidents) as a health and safety risk.
Although the Memorial Rec was identified as a ‘medium’ risk, members agreed that the site could benefit from funding due to its dated equipment, as the play area is not currently fenced off and as its current location does not provide easy access for those with pushchairs and wheelchairs.
The other four play areas to receive funding cover Margate, Ramsgate and the Villages, so undertaking improvements in Broadstairs also means the council will now be investing in play facilities across the whole district.
Additional improvement is already scheduled to take place at Memorial Recreation play area with the installation of a brand new skate park due to be built within two of the tennis courts, complementing the remaining tennis courts and basketball court to provide a better mix of facilities for all age groups.

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