As part of an ongoing planned maintenance programme for play areas, Newark and Sherwood Homes identified that at all three sites the equipment was due for replacement. In consultation with local residents, and where appropriate, the county council and relevant parish councils, the equipment was renewed which has improved the accessibility and aesthetics of these play areas.
At South Muskham, a scheme was drawn up which included remodelling the park layout, adding new seating and a soft landscaped area and upgrading the play equipment, as well as a new higher fence for greater privacy for residents. The local Parish Council working with Newark and Sherwood Homes made a financial contribution towards the new play scheme to add additional play equipment to what was previously in place. Local resident Val Donnelly said: “It’s definitely a good thing that the play area has been refurbished as it gives young people something to do. I’ve seen lots of people using the facilities already, grandparents and grandchildren and older children during weekends and after school, it’s much better.”
At Bramley Close, Southwell, a new seating area was added to the scheme and a replacement picnic bench was installed to enhance its appearance.
The existing timber play equipment at Derbyshire Close in Harby was becoming outdated and beyond economical repair. Newark and Sherwood Homes replaced it with modern equipment to improve safety levels and upgrade the quality of the facilities for young people. The site has also been improved with the removal of deteriorated brick planters and new footpaths to make it more accessible to families.
Andy Dewberry, Assistant Director of Asset and Development Services, said: “These works continue to ensure all the playgrounds managed by Newark and Sherwood Homes are kept to a high standard. We will continue to monitor and inspect these sites and they will be subject to ongoing maintenance to ensure safety standards are retained for the benefit of the wider community.”
Newark and Sherwood Homes is committed to making positive improvements to the homes and facilities it manages, as well as adding value to tenants’ lives through a programme of enhancing opportunities and training.
For more information visit the website www.nshomes.co.uk.