Plans unveiled for revamp of children’s play facilities in Epworth

The opening of the under eight's play area at Kings Head Croft

The opening of the under eight's play area at Kings Head Croft

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A public display of potential plans to improve facilities at Epworth’s Kings Head Croft playing field is to go on show.

Suggestions for a scheme to add new play facilities, improve access and extend a footpath at the site were revealed at a public consultation held in the Imperial Hall, Epworth.

A smaller version of the display will be put up at Epworth youth centre next week.

​The first phase of consultation with residents has started for the project, which is in its early stages and could cost £80,000.

That will help shape firmer plans for the scheme, which will be presented to the town council later this year.

Epworth Town councillor Bob Fish said: “It is all to play for at the moment. We have send out a questionnaire to 2,000 residents and we have already received replies.

“There are already good play facilities for the under eights - the next phase will be to increase the play facilities for youngsters aged eight to 14.

“We had focus groups at South Axholme and Epworth academies on the plans. Pupils were asked what they wanted - they told us there was not much for their age group.”

Among the play facilities being considered are mega-swings and team swings. Other suggestions included a shelter to sit and chat, a play tower and a bike rack.

Coun said the plans also included upgrading other areas of the land, which is also known as Queen Elizabeth II Field.

He said: “Ideas so far include a wildlife area with bird boxes and new bushes.

“We could improve the pathway to the back sufficiently good enough for disabled people and mums with pushchairs and put more seating up.”

A gated link to Church Lane at the back of the site is also proposed.