Children's play area consultation - Autumn 2022

Closed 13 Jan 2023

Opened 21 Oct 2022


Next phase of £3 million playground revamp

Residents are being asked for their views on plans to upgrade 11 more play areas in the city.

The consultation is open from 21 October to 30 November 2022

The proposals are the third stage in a £3 million scheme to improve facilities across the city and provide fun and inclusive areas that can be enjoyed by everyone in the city.

Over the past few years, and particularly since Covid 19, play areas have become more popular than ever and are well-used by a wide range of people.

Earlier this year, following consultation with residents, 25 schemes were completed and a further seven are due to be finished by March 2023 next year.

Residents are now being asked for their views on improvements to the play areas at:

Happy Valley £60,000
Hove Lagoon £60,000
Kingswood Flats £25,000
Manor Road £40,000
Mile Oak £50,000
Milner Road £50,000
Ovingdean £30,000
Stanmer Heights £15,000
Vale Avenue / Mackie Park £45,000
William Clark Park £50,000
Wolseley Road £50,000

The council has been working closely with the Friends of these play areas and would like your views on how the play area can be improved, making them accessible and offering opportunities available to all children, regardless of disability and background

The playground improvement programme is funded using Section 106 contributions received from developers as part of the planning process, Play Revenue and Capital Budgets. These funds can only be used on play areas within the vicinity of the development. 

Due to this, please note that the toilets and cafés are not included as part of this consultation.

This online survey is a great opportunity for residents, particularly parents and carers, to identify potential improvements and help shape the future of their play area for children and young people.

Due to ongoing maintenance requirements, water play does not feature as part of any upgrades, however, the new equipment installed will provide dynamic and layered play inclusive of all a wide range of physical and sensory needs.

Other areas of the open space will remain for informal play and leisure, with the new play features complementing the existing play equipment.

All safety surfacing will conform to BS EN 1177 European safety standards for play surfacing.

Only equipment and surfaces that are at end of life will be removed from any play area.

Patcham Play Areas –Vale Avenue and Mackie Park Play Area’s

As part of the consultation, Patcham residents are being asked to consider allocating the £45,000 currently available to spend at Vale Avenue play area, to the nearby playground in Mackie Park.

Once the consultation has closed, all the feedback will be carefully considered to help shape how we move forward to improve the play spaces.