Easebourne Parish Council apply for playground grant

Easebourne Primary School's new site. '''Picture by Louise Adamd C131259-2 Mid Easebourne Primary

Easebourne Primary School's new site. '''Picture by Louise Adamd C131259-2 Mid Easebourne Primary

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EASEBOURNE Parish Council is applying to Chichester District Council for a grant to build a new children’s playground.

It will hopefully be located on the field next to the primary school which the parish council will shortly be leasing from West Sussex County Council.

Some of the equipment will be moved from the present playground and new equipment will be provided if the grant is awarded.

The parish council is bidding for a share of this year’s allocation of the New Homes Bonus.

Parents at the school are being asked for their opinions and there is a questionnaire on the parish council website www.easebourne.org.

Councillors were on site on Friday, September 27 with plans and photographs of play equipment. It is possible the cost will be £30,000.

The current children’s playground is well used but in the opinion of many it is in the wrong location - in Easebourne Lane on the edge of the village on a busy road, the A272. Pavements are narrow or non-existent and crossing it in safety poses a challenge for parents and young children. No car parking is available at the playground.

The parish council has discussed road safety with WSCC highways officers who were unable to suggest any improvements to the intersection opposite the playground.

The proposed site is a former playing field adjacent to Easebourne Primary School in Wheelbarrow Castle. It is near the centre of the village, access for pedestrians is safe and there is ample car parking.

It can also be accessed from a public footpath where the parish council intends to improve accessibility by replacing steps with a ramp.