Olveston Parish is lucky to have three children's play areas within the Parish, all of which have been funded through public donations. The newest, at Tockington was mainly funded through the surpluses generated when fund raising for the new Pre School rooms a few years ago. Whilst the swings at Olveston date from the 70's the remainder was funded through the Millennium group of parents and friends in about 2002. The Old Down play area is 25 years old and drawing to the end of its effective life.
Once installed all the play areas have become the responsibility of the Parish Council, who have maintained them, undertaken weekly checks and arranged annual safety checks by ROSPA. This year all three play areas require some rectification but unfortunately the works required at Old Down are significant, some of the play equipment may still have to be removed and the Parish Council has been warned that repairs made may only prolong the life of the remaining play equipment for a short while.
It is now time therefore to ask the Parish and particularly the Old Down residents and users of this play area to decide whether it should be replaced and if so by what? The default position is for the Parish Council to remove the remaining equipment and associated fencing when it ceases to be repairable.
Over the years the Parish Council have tried to differentiate the play areas with Tockington for the youngest, Olveston with its 'enclosed' location for older children - Old Down with its locality to the Scouts, Football & Cricket Clubs and close access to a car park could be ideal for a variety of play and/or 'training' equipment if so desired - the Council is happy to support a project that local residents or users would like to undertake.
Please remember that if nothing is organised then the play equipment will be removed once it can no longer be maintained.