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Consultation on plans for new children's play area at Aireville Park

Craven District Council is inviting residents to give their views on proposals for a new children's play area at Aireville Park.

Aireville swings

A consultation event is taking place in Aireville Park on Saturday November 12th, from 9.30am to early afternoon.

Draft designs will be on display at Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre and visitors to the park will be asked for feedback.

Fiona Protheroe, chairperson of Friends of Aireville Park, said: "We are so thrilled with the new draft designs, and are really looking forward to hearing what other parents and children think about them. 

"We are also going to need lots of support to fundraise for the new equipment, and would be very happy to talk to people at the consultation about how they can help."

Craven District Council has appointed Newground, an award winning social enterprise, to produce an initial play area design, carry out public consultation and produce a final design for the new play area. 

The space selected to locate the new play area is at the top of the park, close to Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, using the grass area above and past the disused band stand. 

Councillor Linda Brockbank, lead member for Working With Communities, said: "We've asked Newground to produce plans for a natural play area that will work will with the space, landscape and park features.

"They have come up with some very exciting initial designs and we look forward to hearing residents' views, which will help develop the plans. We've already begun to make the park a fantastic destination, with the construction of the skatepark and pump track, and a new play area will be another great facility for children and young people."

Newground were the designers of the Cononley play area, supported by Craven District Council with officer time, a grant and planning gain funds.

The council has secured planning gain funds from both the Granville Street development and other housing sites, to help fund the new area. Friends of Aireville Park have already raised £12,000 of funds from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and the group aims to raise further funds to make the play space as vibrant and exciting as possible.

The plans will be available online at www.cravendc.gov.uk/airevilleparkplay along with a survey for residents to complete, giving their views.