Splash park for youngsters moves a step closer

09:48 04 October 2013

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THE prospect of a splash park for Royston has moved a step closer.

At their meeting last Wednesday, North Herts District Council’s cabinet has agreed to carry out a feasibility study about possible locations for a park, which would be similar to those in Hitchin and Letchworth.

Splash parks offer a paddling pool and other water features where children can play.

As reported in The Crow in July, a petition was raised by Royston parents asking for a splash park to be built in the town, and this was presented to the district council’s Royston area committee.

Cllr Fiona Hill, who chairs the committee, said: “The demand for a splash park first reared its head in April when we had the nice weather, and then again in July. We had a bit of correspondance with various people, and were given the petition.

“I presented this petition to cabinet last week, and they were very supportive. We’re at an early stage, and the study needs to be carried out so that we can look at the detailed costs.”

Locations suggested for the splash park include the Priory Memorial Gardens.

“The splash parks in Baldock and Letchworth are excellent facilities,” said Cllr Hil. “To have something similar in Royston would be fantastic.”

Cllr Ian Knighton, portfolio holder for leisure at the district council, said: “Cabinet members voted in favour of including a feasibility study to look at options for a splash park in Royston in the Council’s Green Space Management Strategy. T

“This document sets out how the Council will continue to maintain and improve green spaces across North Herts, from parks to play areas and from woodland to sports pitches.”

“If anyone wishes to read the strategy and how we propose to invest in Royston and elsewhere over the next five years, an updated version will shortly be available on the Council’s website at www.north-herts.gov.uk.”

1 comment

  • was so pleased to read this today and see the progress being made, the local councillors have been so supportive and helpful since we started the facebook campaign and contrary to what others seem to think really do care about make this town great

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    Cathryn Jaffray

    Friday, October 4, 2013

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