Improvements coming to Radford Semele Playing Field

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Following the ROSPA safety report in 2019 some of the play areas were identified as needing to be improved.  

The Parish Council built the costs into the budgets for 2020/21, however, due to a combination of adverse weather and then the impact of the Pandemic, starting the work was delayed, the budget for this was carried forward into 2021/22.

The delays resulted in the work needing to be retendered and submitted back the Parish Council for approval.  At the Parish Council meeting on Monday 29th March, the Parish Council approved the works to refurbish the skateboard park and to replace the cableway (zip wire). 

Refurbishment of the Skateboard Park

The works comprise the following:

  • Remove all skateboard ramps and galvanised steel rails.
  • Replace concrete edgings around the perimeter of the park.
  • Regulate areas of damaged bituminous surfacing and overlay whole area with30mm of wearing course.
  • Repaint all steel skateboard structures and refit.
  • Refit galvanised steel grind rails.

The cost of this work will be £7,700 + VAT. 

This work will be undertaken by Allworks Construction Ltd, who are a council approved contractor.

The skateboard park work should start in May and will take about one week to complete. 

Installation of a new Zip Wire (Cableway)

Following the safety inspection report by RoSPA in 2019 the inspector considered that the Cableway (zip wire) timber supports showed signs of decay that could affect the structural integrity and recommended its replacement.

Zip Wire

There are two stages to this work as follows:

  • To dismantle the existing cableway structure and undertake earthworks to remove the mounds of earth at each end to prepare a level platform for the new structure. It is recommended that former Councillor Henry Marriott be instructed to carryout the work at a daily rate up to a maximum of 4 days work. Over this period much of the work will be done on a voluntary basis with Parish Councillors, as agreed with Henry. 
  • To supply and erect the new cableway structure once the earthworks are complete. It was agreed that a works order be placed with Wicksteed at a total cost of £8,515 plus VAT, to include a 30 metre steel cableway, grass safety matting, carriage and installation.
  • Additional cost of £200 for turf along line of cableway and £500 for removal of earthworks to tip, should these be necessary, although a significant amount of the excavated material will be used as part of the project for the ditch on the Spring Lane path side of the field (see separate article).

The cableway works comprise the dismantling of the existing structure and associated earthworks planned for the end of May and the installation of a brand new cableway towards the end of June.

Outdoor Gym Equipment (Update)

Suggested layout of gym equipment

The proposals for outdoor gym equipment were approved in 2019 subject to obtaining grant funding to support this.  Work was underway to obtain Grant funding in 2019/20 but we were unsuccessful at that time.

Following further investigation there was an opportunity to apply for grant funding from the HS2 project. The Parish Council has submitted an application for a £30,000 grant from the HS2 Community and Environment Fund. A decision is awaited.

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