People have say on how £40,000 to be spent on Thetford play area

People look at the plans for a new play area on the Redcastle Estate.

People look at the plans for a new play area on the Redcastle Estate. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people have had their say on how they would like to see £40,000 spent on an estate's much-needed new play area.

Six different plans for a new play area on the Redcastle Furze estate have been on show at the Meet Up centre this week as Thetford Town Council look to revamp the dilapidated area off St Martin's Way.

More than 200 people have picked their favourite of the six plans, each entered by different developers.

The various plans include all the usual play area apparatus, as well as pirate ships, jungle gyms, a Castle Hill-themed design and better access for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Donna Warnock, a member of the Redcastle Action Group (RAGs) who was supervising the display, said there had been a good response.

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'We've had lots of people come in and have a look and some good feedback.

'The current play area is unfit for use, dangerous and out of date. The children have got nothing on the estate apart from the Meet Up.

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'No one wants to play there looking like it does, which no one wants to take care of it either.

'Hopefully this new area will be run like the one at Castle Hill which the town council also look after,' she said.

The town council is hoping to have around £40,000 to spend on the area, following fundraising by RAGs, the provision of a £10,000 commuted sum from Breckland Council when the play areas were handed over, and further funding from a grant application.

It is also looking at whether CCTV can be installed at the play area once it is built.

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