Final Public Consultation regarding the Regeneration of
Torfield Play Park.
Your chance to endorse and support the final plan for Marldon’s Torfield
Play Park and our application for a Public Works Loan
Torfield Play Park has been closed since 27th January 2020 for health & safety reason although totally disappointing, the Parish Council were right in that decision after commissioning a full Play Park Inspection by accredited RPII Play Park Inspectors, who identified the Play Park as overall Dangerous. The reasons identified as lack of investment and lack of maintenance over a number of years, if not decades.
The Parish Council took the decision to use the closure to go forward with a long awaited and much needed regeneration, rather than waste good money after bad trying to refurbish and repair decades old play equipment which would not provide a warranty and would very soon require further repairs, then COVID hit and everything was put on hold for 4 months until mid June 2020.
During the first ‘round’ consultation the Pre-school were approached for their thoughts and contributions relating to the regeneration of Torfield Play Park, an area used by them on a weekly basis as they were only able to use the Village Hall for 3 and half days a week. The other 1 and half days they used the Play Park or visited other areas of the Parish in all weathers, but having to avoid Jubilee Meadow and Broomhill Meadow as Ofsted stated those areas proved unhealthy and inappropriate due to the number of dogs using the Meadows and the of amount dog mess left behind.
The Pre-School had suggested the requirement for an undercover area to allow them to use the Play Park when the weather was bad or indeed, as shelter from the sun during the summer.
A Storytelling and drama area was also discussed as an area where the children could learn and express themselves.
The natural environment was also discussed and it was seen that having a wildlife area would also be used as an area to teach and learn about the natural environment and learn about wildflowers, insects and birds, from this, the idea of educational storyboards located throughout the Play Park was included along with bird feed tables.
Numerous parents and children were involved in choosing and providing ideas for the play equipment which was relayed to the invited Contractors, along with the Contractors input on what was currently being installed and used by other local authorities or private development sites.