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Share your views on Norwich play area revamp

PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 October 2011

The existing play area near St Leonards in Norwich
Photo by Simon Finlay

The existing play area near St Leonards in Norwich Photo by Simon Finlay

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Plans have been drawn up to transform a worn-out and un-inviting play area and open space in Norwich based on ideas put forward by local people.

And now the city council is once again encouraging those living nearby to have their say and tell it what they think of the proposals.

The re-development of the site between Leonards Street and St Augustines Street to the north of the city aims to make it more fun for youngsters and more enjoyable for residents.

Following a public consultation earlier this year, Norwich City Council has come up with a plan for the area using suggestions made by people living nearby.

A spokesman for the authority said: “Over the summer, we invited residents to take part in a consultation to tell us which of four options for the site you preferred and what types of play equipment or features you would like to see.”

The council said those who responded wanted to keep the play area, car park and open space in the same place but thought dividing walls and fences should be removed to make the most of the plot.

Drawings, created based on the ideas, show plans for a rejuvenated play area with a log climbing wall, a roundabout, a climbing tower with slides, a double swing set, wooden horses and a “small flock” of wooden sheep.

The proposals also include an amphitheatre and “trim trail” equipment for youngsters to walk along.

The open space, on the other side of the car park, aims to be a “tranquil place” to “sit and play ball games, as well as to attract wildlife”.

Funding for the transformation is part of a section 106 agreement in which the developers behind the £100m regeneration of Anglia Square is contributing money to improve the local area.

It is set to be used to update the local infrastructure, support nearby schools and help renovate the St Augustine’s Memorial Hall as well as revamp the play area and green space.

Views on the Leonards Street plans should be submitted to the city council by Monday November 7 by emailing or calling 0344 980 3333.

Work to begin installing the new equipment will begin this winter and should be completed by next spring.

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