Swings back in action at Memorial Park as Keynsham play area survey gets under way

March 01 2019
Swings back in action at Memorial Park as Keynsham play area survey gets under way

The popular swings in Keynsham Memorial Park have finally been replaced – after wet weather delayed work at the site.

The four-seat junior swings were removed from the Upper Memorial Park play area earlier this year after they corroded beyond repair.

Wet weather delayed work to install a new set, which took place during the February half-term week.

Keynsham Town Council clerk Cheryl Scott said: “The frame on the existing swing had corroded and broken so the swing had to be decommissioned and has therefore been out of use for some time while quotes were obtained.  Several residents contacted the town council inquiring when it was to be replaced and how quickly. The town council has also received a complaint about the work taking place during half-term.

“Works undertaken in the Memorial Park are subject to restrictions by B&NES Council and part of this is weather-dependent. The contractors took the earliest opportunity presented by somewhat drier weather to complete the task, which unfortunately occurred between Tuesday and Thursday of half-term.

“However, both adjacent sides of the play area remained open for the duration, with access to the rest of the play equipment, and the new swing was operational on the Friday ready for the weekend.”

Meanwhile, following half-term the town council is sending a survey to all primary schools for children to complete about their favourite parks and play equipment, while another survey for older children and adults about local recreation spaces will also be available as part of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) project.

The results of the surveys will help the town council draw up a plan for managing or refurbishing local play areas, as well as forming part of the NDP when it is completed.

A funding bid for improvements at Kelston Park has been delayed until August, after the results of the children’s consultation are in.

Talks between the town council and developer Barratt Homes over the adoption of Holmoak play area by the council fell through last month and the site will now be managed by Pinnacle, the management company overseeing the rest of the green spaces on the development, which is funded by the residents.