Park improvements across Cannock Chase District

Park improvements across Cannock Chase District

Councils have a role to play in the provision of good quality play areas and open spaces. This is why Cannock Chase Council is committed to providing good quality parks, play areas and open spaces for all to enjoy. This page will provide you with information about new improvements that will be made to exisiting sites across the District and how you as local residents can help shape their design.

Please see below the latest locations we are currently working on.

Cannock Park

Your Park, Your Ideas

In December 2023, Cannock Chase Council's Cabinet approved to spend £465,000 on improvements to the play areas and open space at Cannock Park.

This will be part of the capital programme of works for 2024/25 and will be financed by £250,000 Section 106 monies, £200,000 CIL monies and a £15,000 grant from the Forest of Mercia. An additional £220,000 will be allocated from the Safer Street 5 Fund for CCTV and lighting works. This takes the overall budget for the redevelopment works to £685,000.

Outdoor spaces are essential in enabling the residents of Cannock Chase District to have access to healthy and active lifestyle choices and the Council is committed to providing good quality parks, play areas and open spaces for all to enjoy.

The site hosts a golf course, leisure centre, football pitches, rose garden, skate park, play areas, tennis courts and pavilion. The existing play area is partially inclusive and includes a total of 21 individual pieces of formal play equipment, the first of which was installed in 1996.

The formal play provision area fronts directly onto Stafford Road, which also accommodates main vehicle access and car parking, to both the park and Chase Leisure Centre.

Due to the size and costs associated with redeveloping the whole site, the proposed scheme will be delivered in two phases.

The first phase will include the following:
•    The replacement of the existing outdated junior play area situated in the centre of the site, and the installation of a brand-new toddler play area.
•    Resurfacing and extending the existing footpaths from Park Road through to Shoal Hill Common and Cardinal Griffin Catholic School, including lighting of the footpaths in parts.
•    Drainage remediation works to the existing brook to include new grilles and gates.
•    Improvements to the footpaths around the site to make commuting and walking across and around the site easier. 
•    Access and boundary improvements including new CCTV cameras and lighting, access/gate improvements where required and additional hedgehog and nature friendly fencing to help to fully secure the site.
•    Improvements made to the rose garden.
•    Installation of appropriate street furniture throughout the site including display boards, new benches and bins.

Works aim to be completed by early 2025.

We are now at the stage where we can share with you the site plan layout for the area.

We would like to get your views on the proposed overall site plan prior to the development works starting by asking you to complete our short survey here.  

The closing date for feedback is 31 March 2024. If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please call 01543 464548
 

Proposed site plan 

Cannock Park flyer

Cannock Stadium

An exciting new Skatepark is coming to Cannock Stadium this summer as part of the ongoing redevelopment works for the site.
The Council has appointed Canvas to develop this new facility and are currently working together on the overall design of it. Residents and skatepark users can have their say on the proposed design by completing a short survey online by visiting their portal here
Officers from Cannock Chase Council and Canvas with support from Friends of Cannock Stadium will be on site at the Stadium on Saturday 24th February, 11:30am-1:30pm to speak to people about the design of the new skatepark.
 

The Cema - Norton Canes (completed)

Works to the park and play area at the Cema - Chapel Street Park in Norton Canes have now been completed.

The community of Norton Canes can now enjoy their new green space and make the most of the newly installed circular pathway with green gym equipment as well as a new play area for children and families. When accessing the park, visitors will be greeted with beautiful pieces of entrance artwork that depict the history of the site. 

In December 2019, Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet approved the spending of £120,000 to improve the play area and open space at The Cema – Chapel Street Park in Norton Canes. The money has been allocated from Section 106 funds collected from housing developments in the village.

Find out more about the new improvements made to the Cema here.

Wellington Drive - Cannock

In June 2022, Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet approved to spend £168,000 on refurbishments to the existing play area on the Wellington Drive site in Cannock.

Significant development has taken place in the Cannock South Ward over the last 10 years.  The Council will utilise section 106 monies from these developments to fund the project.

The existing play area was last updated in 2001.  It has no provision for inclusive play and has no direct access for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

The refurbishments will include, the provision and relocation of a new fully accessible and equipped play area, new formal hard surfaced footpaths, relocation of grass kickabout area and a new site access barrier.

The site improvements will also include tree planting, which will contribute to the Council’s climate change agenda.

Works aim to be completed in 2023.

We will be delivering a programme of engagement throughout this development so local residents can provide feedback on the improvement plans. The initial feedback was undertaken in November and a leaflet was distributed to households living nearby. Below is a summary of the responses we received.

The next stage of engagement was launched in February and has now closed. Residents have provided feedback on the proposed design of the play area and this has been fed back to the Contractor who is designing and developing the play area.

Please note, banners are still on display around the current play area site for residents to see the new design. However the survey has now closed, so the QR code link will no longer work. The design can also be downloaded below.

The Council has appointed Kompan to undertake the works to the play area and the theme will focus on woodland and nature.

Works to the new play area have now been completed and the new park is open to the public.

The old play area is still in situ and work to that area of the site will begin next month. 

LATEST UPDATE (8 December 2023):

The new play area installation has now been fully completed and includes benches and bins. The landscape works,  to regrade the site and remove the old play area have also been completed and the site is now ready for seeding and tree planting. The final aspect of the site development (tree and hedge planting, new football goal and basketball hoop) will be carried out in late December 2023 / early January 2024. To bring the project to completion. 

Wellington Drive feedback mailer - phase 1 .pdf (2.73 MB)

Wellington Drive feedback responses - phase 1 .pdf (72.02 KB)

Wellington Drive Play Area Design - phase 2 .pdf (3.97 MB)

Laburnum Avenue Recreational Area - Cannock

In September, Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet approved to spend over £385,000 on improvements to the play areas and open space on Laburnum Avenue in Cannock.

The funds will be allocated from Section 106 monies, from 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 at a later date.

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.

Works aim to be completed by late 2023.

We are now at the stage where we can share with you the site plan layout for the area, please see the flyer below.

Residents living in and around the Laburnum Avenue Recreational Area in Cannock have had the opportunity to design their new play area and provide ideas for wider site improvements as part of the first stage of consultation. Several community engagement sessesions were held last month and took place on site and in local primary schools.

A full copy of the responses are available to download below.

This feedback will now be used to help form the design of the new play area and a design proposal will be shared with residents shortly. 

Pathway works will begin on Monday 5 June until approximately Monday 7 August (subject to weather and Contract conditions). Full details can be found in the Pathway Programme below.

There will be some path closures and some routes re-directed during the works. Signs will be displayed to inform users of these closures. 

LATEST UPDATES (8 December 2023):

With the works for phase 1, 2 and 3 now merged into one larger scheme, some of the work elements have been reprioritised. The main pathway contractor will be utilising the site car park as a compound whilst works are being completed on site. The car park will be closed to site users from 4 December 2023 until 15 December 2023 whilst site works are being carried out.

  • Green Gym - The works to install the green gym apparatus commenced on 6 December 2023 and the contractors are aiming to have all the equipment installed by the end of the week. 
    Fencing - The fencing and ditch to the front of Laburnum Avenue are due to be removed week commencing 11 December 2023 and a new steel fence installed. These works are due to be completed by the end of December 2023.
  • Play area design and consultation - The contract to design and construct the new play area is expected to go out to tender in the new year (2024) and be returned to the council by the end of March 2024.  Once a contractor has been appointed to do a design,  this will be communicated to all via the website and further consultations. It's anticipated that a new play area will be installed for the summer 2024 holidays.
  • Bridge replacement - Finances have been secured to replace the main bridge from Laburnum Avenue to Delta Way. We are currently awaiting approval from the Environment Agency but are expecting these works to be completed within the first few months of 2024. The new bridge will be of a steel construction with a tarmac footway. 
  • Woodland works  - Further woodland thinning and planting is programmed to continue into the 2024 year.  

Laburnum Avenue site plan .pdf (2.32 MB)

Laburnum Avenue - Planning for Real responses .pdf (74.88 KB)

Laburnum Avenue - Survey responses .pdf (500.97 KB)

Pathway Programme .pdf (988.81 KB) 

Barnard Way - Cannock

In January 2023, Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet agreed to fund improvements to this play area in Cannock.

The costs to deliver the improvements will be met from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds from the Cannock East ward at a cost of £88,000.

CIL ward funding has come from significant housing developments over the last 5 years and Cannock East Ward Members have requested that the money be spent on the play area, which borders Barnard Way and Cannock Road in Cannock.  

The Council will also use £8,750 donated by The Forest of Mercia Community Interest Company (CIC) for planting trees and shrubs.

The existing equipment on the Barnard Way play area was installed in 1991 and is not fully inclusive. 

The refurbishments will include, the provision of a new fully accessible and equipped play area, new formal hard surfaced footpaths and tree planting. 

Work is anticipated to start in the summer with completion due autumn 2023.

The Council has recently sought views of local residents on the design of the new play area. Leaflets were delivered around the local area in June and residents were encouraged to complete the short online survey. 

View the design option in the document below.

The closing dates for comments was Monday 17 July. Below is a summary of the responses received.

LATEST UPDATE (8 December 2023):

Works to replace the play area have commenced on site. The contractor took ownership of the site in early November and have since removed the old play area and surfacing. The new play equipment has been installed and the fencing works are due to commence on site mid December 2023. Resurfacing has been scheduled for the week commencing 18 December 2023 with the expectation of having the new play area reopened early in the new year.

LATEST UPDATE (21 December 2023):

The new play area has now been completed and will reopen as of 5pm on Friday 22 December 2023. 

Barnard Way Play Area - Design Proposal .pdf (4.67 MB)

Barnard Way Feedback Responses .pdf (94.41 KB)

 

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