Play equipment upgrade could cost £140k

A BLUEPRINT to develop an award-winning park in Bicester is needed, it is claimed. Bicester town councillors were given a preview of the type of play equipment that could be installed in Garth Park, off Launton Road, but it could come with a £140,000 price tag.

Images of equipment included rope climbing frames, roundabouts and slides.

But councillors have asked for a full proposal to include the cost of replacing the existing, dated play equipment.

New toilet facilities and a cafe are also wanted at the site.

It comes months after residents complained that play equipment in Garth Park was tired and old-fashioned.

It prompted Bicester Town Council to review its 67 parks, which has concluded but has yet to be presented to councillors.

At a meeting to discuss plans, council operations manager Chris Johnson said councillors should opt for low maintenance equipment such as “high quality” plastic which does not fade, and comes with a 10 to 20-year guarantee.

The equipment would cater for toddler to 13-year-olds.

At present the council spends about £45,000 a year to maintain its parks.

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10:22am Tue 6 May 14

tired99 says...

With an annual income of almost £1m Bicester Town Council should easily be able to afford this upgrade. The BTC precept went up by 5% this year, to almost the same level as CDC, yet they can't even do the 2 things that they are meant to do: maintain parks and graveyards.
With an annual income of almost £1m Bicester Town Council should easily be able to afford this upgrade. The BTC precept went up by 5% this year, to almost the same level as CDC, yet they can't even do the 2 things that they are meant to do: maintain parks and graveyards. tired99
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9:20am Wed 7 May 14

CupHalfFull says...

That's rubbish, Bicester Town Council does a very good job of keeping the parks and graveyards without any Government grant. Just ask a visitor what they think of Bicester and they will tell you how clean and tidy it is.
That's rubbish, Bicester Town Council does a very good job of keeping the parks and graveyards without any Government grant. Just ask a visitor what they think of Bicester and they will tell you how clean and tidy it is. CupHalfFull
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11:30am Wed 7 May 14

tired99 says...

The parks and graveyards are for the people of Bicester not the visitors to Bicester village. The graveyard has run out of space and the parks have old play equipment that needs replacing, as stated in the report. When they are getting an income of £1 million from the people of Bicester they should not need any grants. Looking at the annual report the Town Councillors are more interested in their own expenses and allowances than looking after the town.
The parks and graveyards are for the people of Bicester not the visitors to Bicester village. The graveyard has run out of space and the parks have old play equipment that needs replacing, as stated in the report. When they are getting an income of £1 million from the people of Bicester they should not need any grants. Looking at the annual report the Town Councillors are more interested in their own expenses and allowances than looking after the town. tired99
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