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Let’s look at the full list of sites for a Chorleywood play area

 Published on: 27th October 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Reader Bob Sutherland has got in touch to tell us his views on the Chorleywood Play Area debate – and we want your views At the last Full Parish Council meeting it was decided to re-open the debate on having a new site for a playground in Chorleywood. Consideration is to be given to the whole parish, not just on the Common. Besides the already discussed possible locations on Chorleywood Common, which for reasons of legislation in place to protect common land together with its flora and fauna, will be difficult to achieve, we have two sites on land already owned by Three Rivers district council. They are Chorleywood House estate and Wareings Field. The Chorleywood House estate site is located close by football pitches and has ample parking. It is near to the “Junction” at Christchurch for a cup of coffee etc. Wareings field has an entrance in Furze View and is an enclosed area.  Children are already playing there, judging by the ropes in the trees. It is easy to walk to and parking could easily be made available on site. It is not too far from the underfunded Swillet playground, which could be closed. If you accept the argument put forward by some councillors that the north ward of the parish is well served, with facilities in the William Penn and the Aquadrome , then something in the southern area is needed. Another point to be considered is that if Three Rivers district council locate the playground on Parish Council land, and decide in the future that they cannot afford to pay for its maintenance, the expense will be passed to the Parish council. The Parish would have to increase the precept (parish part of the council tax bill) to fund it. Wareings field is currently being maintained at the tax payer’s expense and not being put to any good use. So if we are having a debate let us look at the full list of sites, rather than, as a couple of councillors would have it, dumping it on the Common. Email nicholas@mynewsmag.co.uk  

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