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Funding bid for extra seating in Ipswich’s Bourne Park

19:00 09 March 2016

Bourne park, Ipswich.

Bourne park, Ipswich.

Extra seating could be installed in Ipswich’s Bourne Park in a bid to get more families active.

A funding request for more than £7,000 will tonight be considered by Ipswich Borough Council’s south west committee.

This will cover the cost of three picnic tables with seating at the Wherstead Road end of the park, which includes a paddling pool, zip-line and children’s play area, and an oak bench at the Stoke Park Drive end, next to the football pitch and near the smaller play area.

In a report written for the committee, Simon Lanning said: “The aim of this provision is to promote active lifestyles and sports engagement to families in south west Ipswich and to promote the use of Bourne Park’s open spaces by providing better facilities.

“Park and cemeteries teams have been consulted about the need, appropriateness and location of extra seating within Bourne Park.

“Officers from these teams agree there is a need for additional seating due to the high number of park users, particularly in the summer months.

“They expect all benches to be well used.”

The parks team from Ipswich Borough Council has estimated that 12,775 people visit the Wherstead Road end of the park each year, and 6,935 people go to the Stoke Park Drive end.

Mr Lanning writes in the report that the additional seating would improve the quality of the play areas and help to sustain community use.

The new picnic tables would also be installed with grass matt paths to link the seating with the main path to enable easy access for wheelchair users or people with pushchairs.


  • After reading the article not the headline I think its a great idea.We have some fantastic parks in the town and we should consider ourselves very fortunate to have them.I think the council could save money by having the benches sponsored and the picnic tables with disabled seating is a great idea.If we don't use our Parks we will lose them.

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    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • This is complete nonsense. How can providing seating get people more active? Furthermore, how can providing picnic tables get people more active? Even more so, why is the council getting involved to get people more active? Why not provide the extra seating so people can enjoy the lovely parks without saying it is for exercising? We all hear about eating healthier and exercising as key, but so is avoiding air pollution which kills thousands each year...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Surely seating would make people more sedentary, not active? If you want them to move around the park, why not use the money to hire a benny hill look alike to chase them around? (Would only work for scantily clad young ladies)

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    pinch 'n' a punch

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • How the heck does a few park benches make headlines in a newspaper. That £7000 would be better spent on the unemployed and homeless.

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    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Wow! Is that the best story you've got today?

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    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Wow! Is that the best story you've got today?

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    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • More Seating for Bourne Park near the Football pitch waste of money especially with the whole park going to be 100% football free next season !!

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    Nick Ward

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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