Stone Parish Council has submitted a planning application for Stone Recreation Ground, designed to deliver a host of improvements as part of a £1.3m upgrade scheme

The council has welcomed the increased use of the ‘rec’ during COVID lockdowns and, with further growth expected in the parish, feel it is a local priority to encourage continued use by bringing the site up to date to effectively meet the needs of the community.

Proposals aim to expand amenities on site to enable families to enjoy valuable outdoor activity in a high-quality green space. The council is keen the site can cater for a wider range of the community, improving accessibility through new footpaths and cycle paths, inclusion of sensory and accessible play equipment in a new children’s playground and increasing opportunities for exercise, with a new running track to complement the existing outdoor gym and basketball court.

A big focus will be placed on enhancing ecology through areas of wildflower meadows, significant additional tree planting and bee, bird, and butterfly friendly features.

Plans for a permanent café and picnic area, which can respond flexibly as a pop-up marketplace or exhibition space, as well as new public toilets, improved lighting and CCTV will ensure the facility can be used for a host of community events.

The £1.3m cost of the scheme will be covered entirely through the Community Infrastructure Levy (a tax on local development schemes to enable investment in local infrastructure) meaning there will be no increase in the parish tax to pay for the scheme.

Chairman of the Council, Keith Kelly said,

“This is a fantastic scheme set to bring huge benefits to the whole parish and provide a high-quality green space for all to enjoy.

There hasn’t been too much to be positive about recently, so we really hope this scheme will be received as great news by local residents, giving us all something to look forward to when restrictions start easing and we can come together as a community again.

It will take a few years to execute the works but, along with the new Claire Tiltman Centre, will represent tremendous new resources for the parish.”

The scheme is expected to take around six months to progress through the planning and tendering process, with the first phase of works to install a new playground anticipated for commencement in the summer.

The council is keen to get local children, families and schools involved in the design for the new playground and will be launching an online consultation on Wednesday (3rd Feb) to obtain feedback on equipment and local needs.

> Take part in the playground consultation…