Council to take on play area

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Crawley Borough Council has agreed to take on a play area in Stone Court, Pound Hill, following a request from developers.

A report was put before a meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday (June 5) detailing the request from Taylor Wimpey.

Cabinet members approved a recommendation to adopt the site in return for a commuted payment of £91,250 to cover the cost of maintaining the area for the next 25 years.

That figure included £1,000 per year for maintenance and repair, and £840 for annual maintenance of a storm attenuation system in the vicinity.

Before agreeing to adopt the land, the council insisted that various repairs were made to the area and that the developer provided a satisfactory Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) certificate.

The council’s instructions to Taylor Wimpey also called for minor repairs to be made to the play equipment, fencing to be erected and for all footpaths to be surfaced in tarmac.