Council approves repainting of "too bright" playground in Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Corinium Via residents Lucinda Hill with her children Amber and Ethan, Kate Willett holding Angus Gilman and with her daughters Evie and Maisy, Jessica Hillier and Liz Lloyd with her daughter Isabella by the play area, and equipment inset Corinium Via residents Lucinda Hill with her children Amber and Ethan, Kate Willett holding Angus Gilman and with her daughters Evie and Maisy, Jessica Hillier and Liz Lloyd with her daughter Isabella by the play area, and equipment inset

A PLAYGROUND that has been sealed off to Cirencester children because nearby residents complained it was too brightly coloured will be repainted and relocated.

Cotswold District Council has this afternoon released a statement which confirms the council has approved amended plans for the play area at the Corinium Via estate, submitted by developer Redrow.

The developer is now finalising changes so that the play area can be opened to the public.

A CDC spokesman said: “While it is correct that there were concerns on the part of residents about the bright colours of the equipment - which were not in line with the approved plan conditions for the play area – the developer has agreed to address this now as part of the approval for relocating the equipment on the same site.”

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5:17pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Pentheus says...

Will the new colour be Tory embarrassed red ?
Will the new colour be Tory embarrassed red ? Pentheus
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6:31pm Mon 11 Feb 13

sdigzz says...

The children have already waited too long for this to open. Where is it going to be relocated to and how long is it going to take?
The children have already waited too long for this to open. Where is it going to be relocated to and how long is it going to take? sdigzz
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7:04pm Mon 11 Feb 13

walterparkgate says...

It is going to be "Surprise Blue"
And the surprise is the Blue is Red, but a Red fully compliant with EU rules regarding blueness.
It is going to be "Surprise Blue" And the surprise is the Blue is Red, but a Red fully compliant with EU rules regarding blueness. walterparkgate
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7:23pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Crispin Mount says...

Cotswold District Council usually ignore Planning breaches, as they did with the Water Park Lake 31 fiasco.

There they exercised discretion and expediency to leave things exactly as they are.

Funny how this hasn't occurred in this scenario.
Cotswold District Council usually ignore Planning breaches, as they did with the Water Park Lake 31 fiasco. There they exercised discretion and expediency to leave things exactly as they are. Funny how this hasn't occurred in this scenario. Crispin Mount
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12:21am Tue 12 Feb 13

Council Taxpayer says...

This story has had massive national media coverage.
You would have expected senior cabinet members at CDC to take control and limit reputational damage by ensuring proper scrutiny of the affair.
But no...the ludicrous decision to repaint and move play equipment was taken earlier today by a planning officer using delegated powers without recourse to elected representatives.
So much for democracy in the Cotswolds.
We now learn that CDC and Redrow had been involved since last October in secret talks with a tiny handful of self-serving residents whose homes overlook the playground but, conveniently, they decided not to consult the owners of around 270 other homes on the development, many with children who are desperate to use the playground.
Those parents are now required to pay a service charge for an amenity which will lose some features completely and will have others moved to the edge of the playground diredly alongside busy Burford Road where youngsters will be forced to endure unhealthy traffic fumes and noise.
No one would even have known about this stitch-up if the Standard had not broken the story last week.
We need to know who is calling the shots locally because is certainly not the people we voted into power.
As always many deals appear to be done in this district by unelected bureaucrats behind closed doors to the benefit of the privileged few who seem to have remarkable influence.
It happened in the Cotswold Water Park and created a scandal. Now it is happening again. When will they learn and when will the administration at CDC take control and do the job they were elected to do?
This was a lousy, undemocratic decision and Redrow will get itself into even deeper water if it ignores the majority of owners on the development and presses on with these ridiculous changes.
This story has had massive national media coverage. You would have expected senior cabinet members at CDC to take control and limit reputational damage by ensuring proper scrutiny of the affair. But no...the ludicrous decision to repaint and move play equipment was taken earlier today by a planning officer using delegated powers without recourse to elected representatives. So much for democracy in the Cotswolds. We now learn that CDC and Redrow had been involved since last October in secret talks with a tiny handful of self-serving residents whose homes overlook the playground but, conveniently, they decided not to consult the owners of around 270 other homes on the development, many with children who are desperate to use the playground. Those parents are now required to pay a service charge for an amenity which will lose some features completely and will have others moved to the edge of the playground diredly alongside busy Burford Road where youngsters will be forced to endure unhealthy traffic fumes and noise. No one would even have known about this stitch-up if the Standard had not broken the story last week. We need to know who is calling the shots locally because is certainly not the people we voted into power. As always many deals appear to be done in this district by unelected bureaucrats behind closed doors to the benefit of the privileged few who seem to have remarkable influence. It happened in the Cotswold Water Park and created a scandal. Now it is happening again. When will they learn and when will the administration at CDC take control and do the job they were elected to do? This was a lousy, undemocratic decision and Redrow will get itself into even deeper water if it ignores the majority of owners on the development and presses on with these ridiculous changes. Council Taxpayer
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12:58pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Iansky says...

Perhaps CDC having kowtowed to those residents to the point of moving the playground further away, should in turn force the complainants to pay back the difference in price paid at purchase due to the playgrounds proximity to their homes.
That money could be spent providing a better playground for the children in a timely manner rather than all this bearocratic procrastination we have seen so far.
Perhaps CDC having kowtowed to those residents to the point of moving the playground further away, should in turn force the complainants to pay back the difference in price paid at purchase due to the playgrounds proximity to their homes. That money could be spent providing a better playground for the children in a timely manner rather than all this bearocratic procrastination we have seen so far. Iansky
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