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Carliol Drive consultation

Published on 12 November 2019

Carliol Drive consultation

Plans for a proposed refurbishment of the Carliol Drive play area, Carlisle have been given the thumbs up by local residents.

Carlisle City Council is planning to install new play and outdoor exercise equipment then completely re-surface the area. The council asked local residents what kind of equipment they’d like to see installed and launched a public consultation.

The consultation was held between Friday 20 September and Friday 11 October 2019. In addition to the online consultation, printed feedback forms were also available at Petteril Bank Community Centre and Botcherby Community Centre.

The new equipment will be funded by Carlisle City Council with contributions from Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust and will include a combination of children’s play equipment and adult outdoor exercise equipment.

Following the consultation, the council will carry out some research into the potential costs for providing play area fencing and develop a specification for new play equipment, outdoor exercise equipment and associated safety surfacing which will be distributed to potential suppliers. The tendering process will take place this winter, with a view to carrying out installation in Spring 2020.

A summary of the consultation is as follows:

Do you support the replacement of play equipment and installation of outdoor exercise equipment at Carliol Drive play area? 

93% of those who engaged in the survey were in favour of the proposals. Community support for the proposals is therefore extremely strong and we will work to progress this scheme.

Two questions aimed to gather opinion on the content of the ‘obstacle course’ outdoor fitness equipment (suitable for adults and children) to be installed at the site - running/jumping; climbing/agility; balancing/stepping; and upper body exercise options are available.

The responses received were evenly split between the options presented, users indicated no overall preference for any style of equipment. We will therefore look to provide a variety of items which are suitable for use by as wide range of individuals as possible.

Would users prefer to see play equipment for younger children, older children or a mixture of both?

68% of respondents suggested they would like to see equipment suitable for children of all ages. We will ensure that the equipment provided offers a range of play opportunities for children from toddler age up to their mid-teens.

Two questions asked for respondents’ preferences as to the types of play equipment they would prefer to see on site.

Responses received were again evenly balanced, with a slight preference towards traditional style swings (53%) rather than rotating or tyre swings (47%) and ‘classic’ play items such seesaws, slides and roundabouts (52%) rather than one large feature item (48%).

We will therefore work to provide a range of robust items of play equipment which includes traditional swings and several other, separate, items of equipment which can be used by a wide range of children.

Please provide any further comments:

Over fifty additional comments were received, all were of a positive and supportive nature. Several individuals expressed specific requests or preferences and responses to these are provided below:

  • Requests for seating.

We will provide suitable seating as part of the scheme.

  • Requests for equipment suitable for children with disabilities.

We will ensure that any new play equipment installed is as accessible as possible to children of any ability. Due to the number of specific requests received for wheelchair accessible equipment we will try to include a specialist item in the project specification.

  • Requests for the play area to be fenced.

We will investigate the provision of fencing around the play equipment.

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