Labour councillors in one part of Kingswood are today celebrating the success of their work to improve open space facilities in their ward. The councillors for Kings Chase ward attended the opening of a further phase of open space improvements at Kingsmeadow Green, which they have been pursuing for over two years. Work has taken place over that time to enhance the area for local residents, and the latest improvements include an ‘activity zone’ (outdoor gym), slide, supernova carousel (roundabout), basket swing, carved seating, along with bulbs and trees, a natural goal ‘kickabout’ area.
The councillors previously carried out a consultation to seek the views of local residents and get them involved with the scheme. The councillors also did the all-important work of identifying most of the funds for the project, successfully lobbying for £25,000 from ‘Section 106’ developer community contributions, and spending £11,000 from their own delegated funds for local capital projects. In addition, workers and volunteers from the community flat on the site have successfully gained funding through the “Local Strategic Transport Fund” to purchase a storage container which will be used for cycle storage and hire and a buggy store outside the flat.
Local councillor Pat Apps (Kings Chase ward), who also chairs the Kingsmeadow Community Flat, said:
“These new open space facilities will further enhance community participation and provide an extra boost to the already successful Dreamscheme school holiday activity programme for children. In time we hope we can provide further improvements, such as a tarmac path across the green to enable better access.”