A formal planning application for the redevelopment of the Hartham play area has been submitted to the District Council.
The application features a range of wooden play equipment, including swings, percussion instruments, a wobble bridge, bubble tunnel, roundabouts, chalkboards and seesaws.
A climbing tower including a 6m high treetop rope walk will offer multiple climbing and sliding opportunties for a wide age range of children.
There will also be a water pump, mill wheel and sluice gates. The hand water pump will flow into a large timber mill wheel before travelling down a concrete channel to the sand play area. The two sluice gates in the centre of the concrete channel will block and control the flow of water down to the end of the channel.
Meanwhile, The Hertford Playground Alliance have turned their sights on the play area in the grounds of Hertford Castle, highlighting the antiquated equipment and poor maintenance. In a letter to the District Council's Executive Member for Wellbeing, Cllr.Eric Buckmaster, the wrote:
We are interested in discussing the state of the castle park and how it might be included in the theatre proposal.
Considering the amount of children’s programming and classes held at the theatre, it would make sense to update the park simultaneously due to the projected increased footfall.
As you can see via the attached photos, the equipment is antiquated and quite frankly, an eyesore.
The response, the District Council commented: "We are aware of residents' concerns with regards to the play area. Officers have drafted a management plan for Castle Gardens and will be working with Hertford Town Council to launch the public consultation of the plan in the new year. The plan will cover the play area. We are also considering how the park will complement the work at the theatre and where we may be able to seek funding to deliver the actions from our management plan."
The Hertford Playground Alliance have estimated that it would cost between £50,000 and £75,000 to update the play area.
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