12 June 2007
Mr Chris Dier
Director of Community Development and Leisure
Horsham District Council
Dear Mr Dier
Consultation on the Council’s Play Strategy and Action
I am writing to you rather than completing the online
questionnaire because the latter is rather simplistic
and not really suitable for an amenity society that
only wishes to make one or two points.
In principle we support the ideas behind the strategy
but there are two key issues that are not in our view
adequately addressed in the present draft.
Objectives 1 and 4 seem to imply that all space in all
parks and public areas should be as conducive to play
as possible. Whilst we accept that facilities for play
extend beyond those areas which might be set aside as
formal play areas, the strategy fails to recognise
that there is a need for children to share space with
adults, particularly those who are seeking a quiet
relaxing environment. We have in mind in particular
Horsham Park where we would oppose any significant
development including landscape features outside
currently designated play areas, but similar issues
might well arise in relation to Barrack Field which is
a very sensitive site.
The most important omission is a commitment to
safeguard existing play and other open spaces. It is
essential that this is included to ensure that there
is never another case such as the recently rejected
proposal for Ramsey Close.
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