Town hoping to score a hit with family play area

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YOUNG people and families in Winslow will be able to enjoy a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in the town if plans by Winslow Town Council are approved.

Last week’s meeting of the town council approved the draft terms of a lease for the land next to Winslow Youth Centre, which is owned by Bucks County Council, where it proposes to site the games area. So now negotiations over the lease can progress.

A planning application for the MUGA has also been lodged with Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The town council has already provided the town with a shelter, which has been a hit with the young, the elderly and dog walkers alike.

And it hopes to the MUGA will prove equally successful with families and young people.

The idea is not for formal matches or games to be played on the MUGA, which will be 12m x 23m in size.

But it will be a designated area for ball games, with markings and facilities for football and basketball.

It will have a porous tarmac surface and be bounded by 3.9m-high lightweight mesh fencing.

There will also be some seating ‘pods’ along one side.

The MUGA will be open and free to use seven days a week between 9am and 9pm. Lighting will be provided for use after dark, and switched off by 9pm.

The town council’s amenities committee has worked hard to plan and obtain grant funding for the games area, which is supported by the local policing team and the Neighbourhood Action Group

The youth centre management committee and the Winslow Youth Cafe are both in favour of the new facility, which the town council hopes will open by the end of the year.

No objections have been received so far.

Chairman of the amenities committee, David Barry, said the town council is keen to hear residents’ opinions, including those of the town’s young people.

He told the Advertiser: “If anyone in the town wants to comment, we would be delighted to hear from them.”

Comments should be sent to town clerk Bridget Bradford at the town council’s high street offices, or by email at clerk@winslowtowncouncil.gov.uk