Common play area will be worth the wait

November 08 2013

After years of campaigning, Horfield Common is getting close to being given a new playground.

AFTER years of campaigning, Horfield Common is getting close to being given a new playground.
The final consultation period, which finished on October 25, involved engaging with local toddler groups, schools and residents to find out which scheme - out of the five proposed plans - was preferred, and whether there were any aspects from the designs people would like to see in the final plan.
The playground development is to be commissioned by Bristol City Council. The £82,000 which has been allocated to the play area comes from the council's capital stimulus to improve parks and green spaces throughout the city.
A report will be drawn up as a response to the consultation, where recommendations will also be put forward.
In the coming weeks, Mark Owen - Bristol City Council's area environment officer - will be presenting the report to the Friends of Horfield Common committee, as well as the Neighbourhood Partnership's chair, for any feedback.
Plans permitting, construction could begin on the play area around mid-December. It is hoped the playground The playground will be completed in the first quarter of 2014. The play area will be aimed at children from 0-12.
Mark Owen said: "The feedback has been very good - people have been very positive about the new play area.
"It's a project that matters to a lot of people, and we're looking to deliver something that people will be proud of."

 Birds eye view of Horfield Common where new play area is to be built