Cash boost for play area
YOUNGSTERS in Ipswich are set to get a new play area following a cash boost of nearly £90,000 - but no-one can find anywhere to put it.Persimmon Homes are building 464 houses including a nine storey block of residential units in Bath Street in the Old Stoke area.
YOUNGSTERS in Ipswich are set to get a new play area following a cash boost of nearly £90,000 - but no-one can find anywhere to put it.
Persimmon Homes are building 464 houses including a nine storey block of residential units in Bath Street in the Old Stoke area.
In order to gain planning permission from Ipswich Borough Council, Persimmon has agreed to pay £88,000 towards play facilities in the area which must be spent within two years of the projects being finished.
Steve Flood, councillor for Bridge Ward said it was excellent news but admitted finding a suitable site for the play facilities in Stoke Park would not be an easy task.
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He said: “I think there's a problem as to where you would build it as there's no real area around there to develop as a play area.
“We've thrown this around for a few years now, it's very difficult because the area that needs it most is Old Stoke and the land is just not there.”
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It is hoped the problem of where to build the new play plot will be resolved before the two year deadline.
Philip Smart, who is also a councillor in the area said: “This was one of the questions posed by the members of the safer neighbourhood team during a recent walkabout session in the Station Street area.
“Many people feel that some form of kickabout area is required but finding a location is a problem.
“Meanwhile, the Bath Street development of some 500 homes continues apace and the off-site contribution of money for local play facilities needs to find a home.”
An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “It is expected that payment will be made some time next year.
“When payment is received, the council in consultation with local residents will decide where and when the facilities will be provided.”