Play areas - what do you want?
PEOPLE in Portishead are to be questioned about what further improvements they would like to see at a well used play area in the town
PEOPLE in Portishead are to be questioned about what further improvements they would like to see at a well used play area in the town.North Somerset Council spent £60,000 earlier this year on providing a multi-use games area (MUGA) at Avon Way, putting in a new fenced ball court and goalposts.Now moves are afoot to replace the current shabby swings and climbing frame on the children's play area at Avon Way.Local residents in the area are to be sent a questionnaire asking them what type of equipment they want at the play area.Portishead Councillor Alan McMurray said: "The MUGA at Avon Way has been an outstanding success and is the best used play area in the town."We are now looking at the children's play area to see what can be done to improve it."The play equipment is old and rusty and does need replacing and we want to provide something for toddlers up to about seven to eight year olds."Cllr McMurray said he planned to send a questionnaire out to homes in the area and discuss improvements with young people and their families.He added: "When we installed the MUGA we sent out a questionnaire and consulted widely with the local people."There are a lot of mums in the area who work as childminders and very much want to see this facility improved."We want to find out what people want before we move forward with any plans."It is understood money to provide play equipment is in the council coffers as a result of 106 planning agreements.