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South Oxhey play area for Prestwick Road North site gets go-ahead
Politicians have agreed to go ahead with a South Oxhey play space project, despite residents voicing concerns that it is "not wanted" in the area.
Proposals have been put forward to install a new play area on the Prestwick Road North site.
Recommendations following a recent consultation for the Ashridge play area scheme were heard at a Three Rivers District Council Executive Committee meeting on Monday.
Council recommendations for the play area have met with opposition from Burnley Close and Gleneagles Close residents, who have circulated a petition against the proposals.
During a three week period, 466 people in South Oxhey were consulted on the scheme.
Most of those consulted were primary school children, who were asked what they enjoyed doing when they played outside and what their favourite equipment was when visiting the parks.
Speaking against the project, Tanya Traylen criticised the way residents’ objections have been dealt with by council officers, and outlined a number of key worries those who live in the area have.
Ms Traylen raised concerns over children’s safety and what the play area development could mean for people living around it.
She said the area has already experienced anti social behaviour, and that the location of the park at this site will cause more disruption to the local community.
She said: "The play area is not wanted in the area."
She added: "Further consideration should be given to the spending, or wasting, of public funds."
The council are planning to spend £95,000 on the Ashridge play space.
All of the local primary schools, SO YOUTH, South Oxhey Children’s Centre groups and community drop in sessions at South Oxhey Library and a local community café were spoken to during the consultation process.
Following the consultation results, officers recommended continuing with the proposed play area.
Committee chairman, Councillor Ann Shaw, looked to other play area schemes that have been developed in past and said no problems have derived from those.
Councillor Shaw said: "I understand that people are anxious about it but not in one of those areas it has been built have there been any problems."
All councillors voted in favour of continuing with the Ashridge play area scheme except for Councillor Ty Harris who abstained.
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