Improvements costing more than £30,000 planned for Wellingborough play area

A popular play area is set for a makeover costing more than £30,000.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:55 am
The Embankment play area being well used several years ago

The splash area at The Embankment is regularly visited by families from in and around Wellingborough, but a number of improvements have been put forward to make it even better.

And in a bid to get the work carried out before children and their parents start heading there when the warmer weather arrives, a request for urgent action has been made.

It will be discussed by Wellingborough Council’s resources committee which is due to meet next week.

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The Embankment in Wellingborough

A report for the meeting where the urgent request will be noted states: “A request has been received to seek approval for the allocation of identified Section 106 monies to be used to enhance the Embankment Splash Pool.

“The improvements will include the removal of the sandpits that are currently closed and the installation of static play equipment.

“Further improvements will make for a comfortable picnic area and provide a shaded area made from weather proof material.

“This area provides a popular free facility for local families and in order to complete these works before the opening at the April bank holiday the request has been approved by the head of finance and chair of resources committee.”

The Embankment in Wellingborough

The request for urgent action adds that the project will remove all grass areas as these need constant maintenance and clog the water jets.

The grass will be replaced with artifical turf, which requires very low maintenance, cleans easily and will make for a ‘comfortable picnic area.’

It also says the shaded area for parents and carers with babies and toddlers will provide protection against the rain and sun and will be shaped like a sail.

But to get the project completed ahead of the April bank holiday, the work estimated to cost £33,000 needs to be done this month.

It is hoped that money from Section 106 agreements, a legal agreement between local authorities and developers when it is considered that a development will have a significant impact on the local area, will cover the cost.

The request for urgent action is part of the agenda set to be discussed by the resources committee at its meeting at 7pm on Wednesday (March 15) at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.