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Milford-on-Sea children's seafront play area survey

Milford-on-Sea Parish Council is seeking residents' views on proposals to extend an existing children's play area on the seafront in Milford-on-Sea.

The information below is from Milford-on-Sea Parish Council.

The Parish Council has sought views in recent months on a modest proposal to extend the current Toddler Play Park adjacent to the Needles Eye Café to accommodate the needs of older children.

The Parish Council has arranged a day-long public presentation of the proposal, conducted a survey of opinion and fully discussed the proposals with residents and NFDC.

As a result, the Parish Council has removed from the earlier proposals a suggested skate park and zip wire and has reduced the height of the suggested climbing frame to four metres.

The key reasons the Parish Council favours providing additional as an extension to the toddler play park are that it would:

  • Provide equipment for a wider range of children

  • Be subject to informal oversight which is a feature emphasised by Play England

  • Encourage older youngsters who currently use (and sometimes commandeer) the toddler provision to use the new facility instead

  • Be adjacent to the café and public toilets

The Parish Council recognises that the siting of additional play facilities would for some be a sensitive issue and have, therefore, considered all other possible sites and has come to the conclusion that:

  • Sites at the edge of the village are too remote to be attractive to children or acceptable to parents

  • Other sites such as the "Old Putting Green" and areas to the east of Hurst Road were ruled out for a variety of reasons identified in discussion with NFDC officers

  • The sports field at Barnes Lane Recreation Ground is fully used and the Carrington Lane Play Park now accommodates a small football pitch and is too small to accommodate more play facilities.

The Parish Council would welcome your response to their short survey.

Updated: 17 Nov 2017
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