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Hundreds view plans as new Tintwistle play park edges closer
Monday 13th March 2017 @ 19:39 by Adam Higgins
News Tintwistle

Hundreds of interested locals turned out to view plans to transform a Tintwistle play park, which is expected to be completed within months.

Residents and visitors went along to Tintwistle Primary School last Wednesday afternoon to have their say and see the ambitious proposals for themselves.

It was part of a four-hour public consultation event held by The Friends of Conduit Street Playing Fields.

The award-winning voluntary group have been battling for the last 18 months to raise enough funds to make the village’s largest communal area become a vibrant community space.

The playground project went out to tender last month and all bids which met the criteria were exhibited inside the hall at the South Close school for locals to inspect, with representatives of the park pals and High Peak Borough Council on hand to answer questions.

Rob Baker, secretary of the friends’ group, said the committee were thrilled by the turnout, which illustrates what the park means to the community.

“The Committee were delighted to welcome so many residents and visitors to our consultation event,” he told the Chronicle.

“We knew it would be busy because the public engagement with this project has been excellent from the very start but, even so, we couldn’t have predicted that so many people would turn out in support. It just goes to show how important a new playground is to this village.”

Together: (left to right) Nicola Drake, Kathryn Gray, Mel Kelleher Greenwood, Gareth Knapper (of High Peak Borough Council), Andrea Loader, Jill Higginbottom and Veronica Lees from Friends of Conduit Street Playing Fields who co-ordinated the consultation.

Rob also explained what the consultation entailed and how people’s responses will be considered.

“We showed people five competing designs and asked them to pick their top three ranked in order of preference,” he added.

“We also invited written comments on any aspect of the designs or the project in general.

“It is too early to say which design or designs came out on top but all of the public votes and comments will be taken into account as we move to the final phase.”

On when we are likely to see the shiny new-look park complete with modern equipment, Rob added: “We hope that a winning bid and finalised design will be selected by the end of the month and construction to start soon after.

“All being well, the works will be finished by mid-July in time for the school summer holidays.”

The Tintwistle park pals, which was set up in September 2015, received £50,000 in grants from Tesco’s Bags for Life scheme and The Veolia Environmental Trust respectively last December to help achieve their aim to put a halt to the playground’s declining facilities.

Anyone who wishes to get involved in the group can e-mail [email protected] or visit their Facebook page.

 

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Having their say: Many local residents flocked into the school’s hall to view the plans and submit their feedback