Plans to build a new play area in Castle Park, Colchester, may still go ahead, even if the Government pulls the plug on funding.Oh, really? And what plans are those, then?
Bob Penny, Colchester Council’s parks and recreation manager, said the council was trying to clarify the effect of the announcement on plans for two local playgrounds.Hmmm, and yet, despite the fact it may now burrow into your cash reserves, you still want to go ahead?
He said: “The park at Castle Park is in the design stage and we are seeking proposals from six different companies for designs for the play area.
“The other one, at High Woods Country Park, could involve a series of play features scattered around the park.
“We went out to consultation with schools on that and are expecting to place orders in October.”
The Castle Park scheme will cost £200,000 and was set to be partly funded by the Playbuilder scheme.So that’s a big chunk o’ change for the council to find. How does it plan to do this?
The £45,000 playground at High Woods County Park was to have been paid for entirely by the Playbuilder scheme.
The council is waiting to hear if Playbuilder cash will still be available, but Mr Penny said alternatives might be sought, possibly as part of deals with developers looking to get planning permission for commercial schemes.Ah. There you go, people of Colchester. Your betters have decreed that you shall have two playgrounds after all.
All it will cost you is a dirty great housing development somewhere you hadn’t expected and possibly didn’t want. Just as you may not have wanted these two playgrounds in the first place….
He added: “If the schemes are ones we want to deliver, we can go further into funds from agreements with developers.”When normal people experience a sudden loss of income, they tighten their belts and decide to do without luxuries.
In town halls around the country, the response is quite, quite different…