Oakleaf Play Area
As many will be aware the play area at Oakleaf has been closed pending maintenance of the old wooden equipment. The majority of this equipment has been in the park for over 25 years, and so is in need of replacing. We have contacted the supplier of the equipment, and due to the age of the existing items the lead in times to replace these would be approximately 10 weeks. This would mean the park would not be open until mid-January 2019 at the earliest. As the items are no longer manufactured the cost of replacing them is estimated to be well over £2,000. The council have considered removal of the equipment, but this again is very costly and would mean very little play equipment left.
As part of the ongoing school expansion works, East Sussex County Council (ESCC), who own the Oakleaf play park land, will be taking back part of the land. This will be used initially as storage for the building works, and eventually will be a car park for the school. This is estimated to be happening in April 2019. Therefore, Polegate Town Council has decided that repairing the old play equipment for a short space of time would not be the best use of public funds. The Oakleaf park will remain closed until it is handed back to East Sussex County Council in early April 2019. The Town Council understands that this news may be disappointing, however, children’s safety is paramount.
PTC recently consulted with Polegate School children and have embraced their choice of new play equipment (see photo below) This has both toddler and older children play units plus the addition of the much requested swing. PTC expects the new equipment to be installed around autumn/winter 2019, but is under ESCC timescales. We will keep you updated on the timescales as we are informed by ESCC.
Polegate Town Council hope the new play park equipment will ensure the children of Polegate have a modern, exciting park to enjoy for many years to come.