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Five playgrounds in Cambridge set for major revamps


By Paul Brackley


Proposed playground in Coldhams Lane, Cambridge
Proposed playground in Coldhams Lane, Cambridge

Cambridge City Council consults residents on plans

Proposed playground in Gunhild Close, Cambridge
Proposed playground in Gunhild Close, Cambridge

Playtime in Cambridge is about to get more exciting, with five playgrounds in Cambridge set for a major revamp.

Funding provided by developers who are building in the area will pay for the work.

Designs have been drawn up so that residents can see the proposed improvements and the city council is asking anyone interested to submit their comments or make suggestions for the play areas.

The areas with consultations still open for new playgrounds are: Tenby Close, Lichfield Road, Gunhild Close, Coldhams Lane and King George V playing field in Trumpington. Artist’s impressions of four of them have been released.

Proposed playground in Lichfield Road, Cambridge
Proposed playground in Lichfield Road, Cambridge

The government requires developers to pay the funding to offset the impact of new homes and other buildings, which create extra demands on local facilities.

A council officer’s report explains: “Every ward in Cambridge benefits from new or improved facilities funded from S106 contributions. These include community meeting rooms, play areas, open spaces, sports centres, and public art.”

The developments would see new play equipment installed including climbing frames, slides, accessible roundabouts, balance trails, see-saws and more.

The consultation will end on Friday, October 12.

Proposed playground in Tenby Close, Cambridge
Proposed playground in Tenby Close, Cambridge

Public responses will help councillors decide if the projects should be implemented.

Visit cambridge.gov.uk/play-area-redevelopment-consultations to comment or contact the streets and open spaces team at parks@cambridge.gov.uk or 01223 458527.



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