Buckskin community play and youth space consultation

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A project is under way to refresh the current play facilities next to the Ridgeway Community Centre. Funding from the council’s Local Infrastructure Fund and Section 106 contributions is being used to replace equipment and change the design of the park to create a more pleasant and attractive area for all ages to use and enjoy.

Local residents have told us that the open space near the community centre and shops is not well used and the current play equipment for children and young people is inadequate. The youth space is very close to residential properties and the children’s play area is poorly equipped.

The key objectives of the project are to:

  • Improve the quality of the youth provision to increase footfall and encourage greater usage by young people. Current users of the equipment say it does not meet their needs, is out-dated and requires an upgrade. The Buckskin ward also lacks other youth provision.
  • Address issues with noise and antisocial behaviour. The park as it currently stands is not well positioned. There is an opportunity to reposition the toddler and teen provision which we think could be beneficial for both local residents and users.
  • Improve the general environment in this area to create a more pleasant space for users and residents, with appropriate landscaping, zoning and on-site facilities.

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Ariel view of the current Buckskin play area

The consultation was open between 9 November and 18 December 2021. Fourteen responses were received from local residents with a range of ideas put forward to improve the facilities. Work is now underway to review this feedback and come up with designs.

There is also an opportunity for anyone aged 12 and above to take part in a free arts workshop to develop ideas which will be incorporated into the final youth space designs. This will take place at the Ridgeway Community Centre in May half-term – dates will be confirmed shortly. To register your interest in these workshops email culture@basingstoke.gov.uk or call 01256 844844.

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Image of multi use games area

Image of childrens slide

PDF document Ideas and options for the new play area and youth space(PDF) [2 Mb]

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