Easebourne Primary School children have been given a special assignment to carry out in their summer holidays.
They have been tasked with coming up with some imaginative ideas for how to use Easebourne’s first community facility - the long awaited Wheelbarrow Field.
It is the first challenge being led by the new chairman of Easebourne Parish Council Holly Grantham.
Before she took over from former chairman Judith Macdonald-Lawson she was heavily involved in the project helping to organise a lease with field owners West Sussex County Council. Now she is keen to ensure its best possible use by as wide an age group as possible.
The first task is to move the play equipment from the current playground next to the busy A272 to the safer environment and enhance it with new equipment on the Wheelbarrow Castle Field.
“We want to make the playground rally good,” said Holly, “The first thing we do on the field shouldn’t be a damp squib - it should be all singing and all dancing, albeit we might be slightly constrained by the cost.”
She said the parish council had looked at ‘ off the shelf play equipment “but lovely as it was, it was not particularly inspiring.”
Now they have decided to go straight to the youngsters they hope will make good use of the field.
“We decided to be completely open about this and hold consultation with everyone to see what they want. I went to speak to children at the primary school before they broke up for the holidays and asked theme to take pictures of things they see over the summer that they would like in the field or write to us telling us what they want.”
The parish council is also hoping to cater for younger pre school children as well as those who are 12 years and upwards.
“I think we are moving towards using the whole field as a recreation ground for all ages,” said Holly, “this includes facilities for the adults.”
Youngsters aged 12 years upwards are invited to email the parish clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Easebourne celebrated in November last year when after nearly five years of negotiations they signed a 50 year lease to take over the field next to the primary school.
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