Council reverts to Plan A at Flagstaff Park

Plans to renovate Flagstaff play park in Berwick are finally set to move forward after months of delays.

Sunday, 24th April 2016, 7:46 am
Berwick play parks in disrepair

Last month, Berwick Town Council decided it would progress the scheme in two phases due to the delay in securing the freehold for the site from Northumberland County Council.

That meant the revamp of the existing park could proceed, with the planned expansion taking place once the freehold issue was dealt with.

However, councillors have now been informed that the legal transfer - along with the freehold for Grove Gardens South - is expected to take place on Friday.

As a result, councillor have decided to revert to Plan A and get the scheme done in one go.

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The decision was influenced by the news that splitting the scheme into two phases would cost the council an extra £5,000.

Paul Taylor of play equipment manufacturer Kompan said: “From a contractor’s point of view, splitting it up into two projects would cost a bit more.”

However there was opposition from Councillor Georgina Hill who complained about the lack of risk assessment. She was also frustrated that a decision was being taken without such a recommendation being on the agenda.

The plan already has consent from Historic England and drainage issues are being addressed by Northumbrian Water.

The refurbishment is costing in the region of £80,000.

When finished it will have swings, slides, climbing frames, rope ladders, roundabout and see-saw – a far cry from its current plight which has seen it stripped of everything apart from a toddlers’ swing.

Meanwhile, the council has expressed interest in helping to make the park better for disabled children.

They backed a suggestion from several parents that a harness be provided to enable disabled children to use a basket swing planned for the park. It was suggested the harness could be stored at the park and accesed with a Radar key.