Another children’s playground in Battersea is set for a major facelift as part of ongoing council plans to improve play and leisure facilities for some of the borough’s youngest residents.
Earlier this month the playground at Chivalry Road reopened after a £165,000 revamp – with new landscaping and new safe play surfaces provided along with modern new play equipment, including timber swings, slides, a see-saw, large climbing frame, benches and picnic tables. And now work has just begun on another programme of improvements at the children’s playground next to St Mark’s Church in Boutflower Road.
When the work is complete at the end of July, a redesigned play area will offer children under ten a range of new equipment including a large climbing frame, seesaw and musical play trail.
Parks and open spaces spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “The play equipment to be installed here was chosen by local families who took part in our recent consultation so I am delighted that we are making their choices a reality.
“When the works are complete I’m sure it will prove to be a popular destination for young families in this part of Battersea.”
During the works families who normally use this playground will be able to go instead to the three nearby playgrounds at The Skylark Café, the Windmill Nursery and Chivalry Road.
These upgrades come just months after the all-weather ball games area in Chivalry Road was refurbished as part of a separate £130,000 scheme. As well as a new playing surface, fencing and renewed sports equipment, the floodlighting was also upgraded enabling young people to use it after dusk.
And several other playgrounds across the borough have already been or are about to be revamped, including Upper Tooting Park, Godley Gardens, Swaby Gardens, Leaders Gardens and Battersea Park.
Improvements are also being made at Falcon Park and Fred Wells Gardens in Battersea and Tooting's Furzedown Rec.
These refurbishment schemes are funded via the Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF), which holds cash levied by the council on new developments in the area and which help pay for community and neighbourhood infrastructure improvements in the borough.
Over the past three years more than £7.2m in WLF money has been spent on local improvement initiatives including schemes to support safer communities, employment opportunities for young people, better pavements and improved playgrounds.
Those chosen for funding are mainly suggested by local residents who are encouraged to bring their ideas to their local ward councillors so they can be properly considered. Funding is only approved for schemes that meet criteria based on the priorities set by local people.
Other WLF-funded schemes include Christmas lights in the town centres, new energy saving LED street lights, a major road and pavement resurfacing programme, repainting Earlsfield Station railway bridge, refurbishing Putney Vale Cemetery and the Quest project providing intensive support to get young people into work.
Several public realm improvements to smarten up shopping streets include Putney High Street Bedford Hill and Bellvue Road.
A new guide has been published offering local people advice on how they can nominate community schemes for funding. It’s available at all local libraries or can be read online at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/WLF
Photo: New climbing frame, Wandsworth Council website