The Sallins playground has taken a step closer to construction with the publication today of the planning documents by which the council seeks a “Part 8” approval to proceed with the project.
These documents are quite technical in nature but show the exact location of the proposed playground and deal with all the environmental and planning considerations that may be relevant. These proposals are on display both in the council offices and in Café Grange and any interested parties can make a submission up to the 29th September. If you support the playground I would encourage you to email a supporting submission, details how to do so are at the end. Note these documents do not get into the detailed design of the playground itself, but if you had any thoughts on that, this would also be a good time to send them to the council. I attach here all the relevant documentation. I also want to again acknowledge that the proposed playground is to be built on land owned by Sallins parish and I want to thank them for their very decent and generous accommodation in enabling this project to happen. The below image indicates the exact location where the playground is intended to sit between the church, community centre and national school.
You can review the various documentation at these links sallins-playground-part-8-application-report, sallins-playground-part-8-final-location-map-a3l-1, sallins-playground-part-8-final-a1-l-1.
The detailed design of the playground is subject to a tender process and will come after this. However it will satisfy the following high level specification:
- The playground will cater for 1-12 years old.
- It will contain a range of equipment for children from 1-6 and 6-12 years. The equipment may include the following. Swings, Slides, Rockers, Seesaw, Play Panels, Multi Play Units, Sand & Water Play & landscaping.
- It is envisaged that the grass contained within the existing site will be retained where possible.
- Additional surfaces which may be used in the design of the playground are rubber surfacing, woodchip and sand.
- The design may also contain landscape features such as mounding, sand pit, planting and living willow structures and tree and shrub planting.
- It is likely the construction of the playground will take 12-16weeks from starting on site to completion and opening. This timeframe is dependent on weather and ground conditions.
- Equipment with varying heights will be used throughout the playground to a maximum height of 5.5m
- any surface water drainage which may be necessary will be attenuated on site.
The relevant contact is Simon Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Kildare County Council, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare before 4.00 p.m. on Friday 29th September 2017. Submissions should be clearly headed “Sallins Community Playground” and you can send them by post or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No mention here of it being designed with access for children of all abilities.
Thanks John. I expect that it will be accessible. It is only a very high level spec for traffic control and use of land consultation really. However I would encourage you to highlight that point in your submission.
Thanks. Although the correct reply would be that it WILL be accessible ? Will you please ensure and guarantee that this happens?
I understand your concern John. I can’t give commitments on behalf of third parties – I don’t have the authority or power to say what it will or won’t be. This is a very early stage of design – but let’s be clear, there is nothing to suggest that it won’t be accessible – but I will certainly be raising that point with the council as I am aware how important it is to many families.