Additional enhancements agreed for Wells Rec play area
January 25 2017
A range of additional enhancements for the play area at Wells Recreation Ground have been given the go ahead.
At its meeting on Thursday evening (19 January) the Wells Recreation Ground Trust gave the green light to further improvements which will complement the replacement play structure:
- Resurfacing the whole of the play area
- Introducing additional seating, another picnic table and making the new play structure more open by installing 'windows'
- Installing a new infra-red CCTV camera to monitor the play area 24/7
The replacement play structure and associated enhancements are being introduced as a result of the arson attack on Bonfire Night last year, which destroyed the main structure just one week after the new play area was opened.
An order has now been placed for the new CCTV camera, which was chosen specifically as it can operate in the dark, avoiding the need for security lights at the recreation ground which could have disturbed local residents.
The replacement play structure is already in the UK and will be installed as soon as possible, depending on the weather and when contractors can complete the work on the new enhancements.
The cost of the replacement play structure has been covered by insurance, while the community's fund-raising efforts and money from the Trust and the council's play development budget will cover the cost of the enhancements, totalling £54,000.
At the same meeting, the Trust also gave the go ahead for the appointment of Project Development Manager.
The successful candidate will oversee the improvements proposed for the Bishop's Barn, while also exploring opportunities for the recreation ground. Applications are now open and will close at 4pm on Thursday 23 February. Go to www.mendip.gov.uk/vacancies for more information
Cllr John North, Chair of the Wells Recreation Ground Trust, said: "These new enhancements will complement the replacement play structure and ensure that the play area once again becomes a popular destination for young people from across the area.
"Last year's arson attack was devastating for everyone who had worked so hard to make the play area such a success, but the local community pulled together and showed incredible community spirit and generosity, raising around £10,000.
"We will replace the play structure and complete the enhancements as soon as possible.
"The Trust is keen to engage a Project Development Manager so that development funding can be secured to progress our ambitions for the whole site.
"I would like to thank local people for the support, patience and understanding they have shown while we get the play area fully up and running."