£125,000 makeover for troubled park
A COMMUNITY park in Whitchurch which has become a magnet for vandals and anti-social behaviour is to get a £125,000 makeover.
Initial plans have been drawn up for a revamp of St Augustine's Park which will see the current run-down equipment removed and replaced with new items.
The money for the makeover has come from the Dundry View Neighbourhood Partnership and Bristol City Council's capital stimulus fund.
Consultations have already taken place with residents and children from Wansdyke and Bridge Farm schools who have helped shape the plans for the park.
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The aim is to create a new fenced- off play area with equipment for young children as well as some more challenging pieces of play equipment for children aged up to 14.
Three different locations within St Augustine's Park are being proposed for the new play area.
A consultation event on February 26 at the Meadow Building, Bridge Farm School, 7pm to 8.30pm, will let residents have their say on the proposals and what type of equipment they would like included.
Feedback from the consultation will be used to help shape a planning application for the scheme which will be submitted in spring.
It is hoped that if the plans are agreed the new park could be open by the end of the summer. Hartcliffe and Whitchurch Community Partnership (HWCP) has also been working with residents on the plans.
HWCP manager Heather Williams said: "Residents have wanted better play facilities at this location for a number of years. In the past the park has suffered from anti-social behaviour and problems with drug dealing. These plans will provide the local community with a much better facility."
Images and drawings of the proposals can be downloaded at the Whitchurch Park page of the Dundry View Neighbourhood Partnership website at www.dundryview.org.uk