Play in Rother

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Play in Rother

Rother District Council maintains more than 30 public outdoor play facilities in Rother ranging from equipped play areas for toddlers and juniors through to skate-parks and ball-courts for older children and young people.

Our parks and open spaces also provide a pleasant and safe environment for play and informal recreation.  Many of the Town and Parish Councils provide play facilities in addition to those that we manage.

We recognise that play is a very important part of a child's life and that more can be done to increase play opportunities for children and young people in Rother.  In 2012 the play facilities in Egerton Park, Bexhill underwent a complete makeover creating a fantastic new play-zone for children of all ages.  We have subsequently carried out smaller refurbishment projects at other sites and are supporting communities where possible to improve provision.

Play For Coronation Gardens, Battle

The community group 'Play for Coronation Gardens' (PFCG) is raising funds to improve their local play area at Coronation Gardens in Battle.  In 2015 the group consulted families and friends to find out what changes they would like to see.  Two different design proposals were drawn up based on what the community had asked for and a vote was held to determine the preferred proposal.  Since then the group has continued fund-raising so that the project can be implemented including holding table top sales and taking part in a sponsored walk. 

Both Rother District Council and AmicusHorizon have committed funding to the project and small grants and donations have been secured from Sussex Police, Battle Town Council and Waitrose so part of the project can go ahead this year.  However, PFCG is still working hard to try to raise a further £12,000 so that the refurbished facility provides something for everyone, including a zip wire, inclusive roundabout and picnic table that residents would really like to have. 

The group has just received the fantastic news that their application to the Tesco 'Bags of Help' grant scheme has been successful which means that their project, together with two other local projects, is being put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during January 2017.  Customers can place a vote every time they shop in a local Tesco store up to 28th January. The project with the highest number of votes will receive £5,000 and the second and third placed projects will receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.  The group is also awaiting the outcome of a grant application to the Sussex Community Foundation.

If you would like to join the PFCG committee or can offer the group any support please email playforcoronationgardens@gmail.com.  You can follow 'Play for Coronation Gardens' on Facebook.

Bending Crescent Play Area, Bexhill

This play area was refurbished last autumn following consultation with the community and local schools earlier in the year.  The new facility provides something for children of all ages including a track rider which children can hang on whilst gliding through the air, a basket swing and a toddler unit with a tunnel and double slide.  A rubberised surface has been laid throughout making the facility useable all year round.

Further information on play

You can find out more about play in Rother using the links below.

Seabourne Road - children playing 1

   

Contact Rebecca Owen, Parks Development Officer on 01424 787522 or email rebecca.owen@rother.gov.uk for further information.

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