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DUP Councillors call for North Down Play Park Strategy

Tuesday 7th May 2013

This month we have asked Officers to bring forward a ‘play park’ strategy to identify those areas of North Down which are in most need of new play provision for children. This issue is crucial to many parents in North Down as are the benefits of exercise and social development for small children through outdoor play. We have made significant progress in this area over the last couple of years with new facilities going into a number of areas.

Joint DUP Press Release Cllr Peter Martin and Cllr Peter Weir MLA 

This month we have asked Officers to bring forward a ‘play park’ strategy to identify those areas of North Down which are in most need of new play provision for children. This issue is crucial to many parents in North Down as are the benefits of exercise and social development for small children through outdoor play. We have made significant progress in this area over the last couple of years with new facilities going into a number of areas. 

A strategy is important in the first instance and when this is developed, and those areas in most need of play park provision are identified, we must be able to then deliver these facilities within our financial constraints. Clearly this needs to be done in a fair and equitable way throughout North Down. 

Cllr Peter Martin 

“In the area I represent of Ballyholme and Groomsport one part would seem very fitting for such a capital investment and that is Ashbury/Kilmaine/Ballymagee. There are no play facilities in immediate or even local vicinity and certainly the green space at the Ashbury shops would seem a very appropriate place. As the father of a young child I can empathise with local parents in seeing the very real need for more facilities to be provided. We need to ensure that as elected representatives we are both listening to and responding to the needs to our constituents” 

Cllr Peter Weir 

“A play park strategy is a positive step towards ensuring NDBC provides play facilities in a balanced manner across the borough. There are many parents who look to play parks as an essential ingredient for their children’s development and we want to provide the best value for money facilities that we can. We also need to ensure this is done in the areas of most need. In bringing forward this request for a Borough wide strategy I recognise that it also requires a structured form of assessment to substantiate the capital investment required” 

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