Funding: Any Calor prize money will be spent on the project detailed in the Plan below for supply, delivery and installation of a replacement zipwire. The total estimated cost of £8,000 is based on verbal budgetary estimates from two play park contractors and is supported by separate market research from equipment supplier catalogues. We shall shortly seek at least 3 quotations in accordance with Parish Council procedures to determine best value for money. This will also include site inspections to establish zipwire length and positioning based on latest safety requirements.
The money we've raised from our community (£3,047 net) will be spent on:
- A - Replacement zipwire (with Calor prize money)
- B - Any surplus crowd funding, if applicable, will be spent on other play park equipment such as picnic tables (est cost £300 each)
Background: A very eminent resident of Avening was the late Arthur Lee, Viscount of Fareham, a soldier, politician and patron of the arts who gave the Chequers Estate to the nation and the current Avening Playing Field for the health and wellbeing of the village upon his death in 1947.
Avening Parish Council is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the playing field and sponsors this project. The field is one of the few amenities for young people in the village. It is the valuable green heart of the village which provides a safe, tranquil setting for children to play, an area for everyone to enjoy informal sports and paths for dog walking and cycling. We strive to improve this village asset and recognise the need for new play equipment. We have prioritised replacement of the old zipwire as this was very popular and is much missed since its removal last year on H&S grounds.
Our Plan: The long term plan for the playing field, including the play park which sits at one end of the field, consists of five phases. The first phase to improve access and safeguard the play park area has been completed. This Project covers Phase 2 for additional play equipment by replacing the zipwire. Future phases include improvements to the perimeter footpath and environment, playing surface and basketball court. Our aim is to try and fund raise through crowdfunding, public donations and grants in order to complete the installation of the zipwire as soon as possible. We believe it is important to plan ahead of the present lockdown for when the children will again be able to play together with their friends in the park.
Community: Avening is a village in the South Cotswolds with a population of just over 1,000 people including a large proportion of young families. It has a lively active community with a thriving primary school and playgroup, a youth club and a number of other groups. It is estimated that up to 30% of the population would directly benefit from the purchase of a new zipwire and improvement in the play park facility. This equipment will complement existing swings and climber and make for a more enjoyable experience for children and family visits.
"When on granny and grandad duty the zip wire was certainly something greatly appreciated by our five grandsons - and us - providing physical challenge and hours of co-operative fun and excitement! We all miss it!" ... JS
Next step: The total estimated cost of the project is £8,000 for supply and installation of the zipwire. It is intended to purchase a zipwire with timber struts to blend in with existing swings and climber. If funding raised exceeds the final cost then this will be allocated towards other play park items.
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Cllr John Hetterley