Residents living near the Laburnum Avenue Recreational Area can have their say on the new developments that are being planned for the site.
In September 2022, Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet approved to spend over £385,000 on improvements to the play area and open space on Laburnum Avenue in Cannock.
Funds are being allocated from Section 106 monies, through the development of housing on nearby land.
The existing play area is not fully inclusive and has 10 pieces of play equipment which were last partly refurbished in 2005. The site currently has a small pond, wetland, a stream and rising brook, a football pitch, and a grassed kickabout area.
The proposed improvements will be delivered in three phases, with the estimated costs for phases 2 and 3 being approved later.
The first phase will include preparation and earthworks, improvements to the main pathways and play area, fencing and landscaping. It will also include installing a multi-use games area (MUGA), green gym equipment, and site furniture. All of which will be delivered over the next 12 months.
Phase 1 is due to be completed by late 2023.
Consultation is currently taking place and will close on Friday 31 March 2023.
Residents and nearby primary schools are being asked for their views on the proposed overall site plan including the play area and MUGA. A short survey is available to complete by visiting the Council’s website.
Creative consultation workshops are also being organised with nearby primary schools and officers will be on site in April to speak to people and ask them to ‘design their new park’.
Come along to Laburnum Avenue Recreational Area on Tuesday 4 April, 10am - 12noon and Thursday 6 April, 2pm - 4pm and have your say.
Councillor Adrienne Fitzgerald, Portfolio Leader for Housing, Heritage & Leisure said, “I’m delighted to see that progress is being made on this project. Councils have a major role to play in the provision of good quality parks, play areas and open spaces.
“The development will be designed to fit into the surroundings and enhance the local environment and will be suitable for all ages and interests.
“If you live near the site or use the current play area and park, please come along to the engagement events or complete the short survey and tell us what improvements you would like to see. Your feedback and suggestions will form part of the overall design proposal”.
To find out more and get regular updates about the ongoing improvement works visit www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/newparks