Interested Residents for Parks and Open Space Needed
Malmesbury Town Council believe the provision of safe and suitable play equipment and open space is paramount to the health and well-being of our residents, and has worked hard to provide this service for a number of years.
With more financially challenging times ahead it is important we maintain this provision to reflect the changing needs of the community, and in the most effective and efficient manner possible. As such, we are looking for volunteers from the community to join local groups of interested residents to support the management of the play parks and open spaces which are either owned by, or the responsibility of, the Town Council.
Currently this relates to the following areas:
- St. Aldhelms Mead/Cuckingstool Mead
- White Lion Park play park
- Filands play park
- Reeds Farm play park
- Newnton Grove play park
- St. Aldhelms Mead play park
Ideally we would have a small group for each of the areas above. Governance and reporting arrangements will be through existing committees and working groups of the Town Council, and the purpose of each group is to:
- monitor the physical equipment and furniture in each area and report directly to the Town Clerk on any defects or issues which compromise the health and safety of users, affect the enjoyment of the area or present a reputational risk to Malmesbury Town Council.
- consult on the evolution of each area to ensure the differing needs and expectation of all our residents, where reasonable and practicable, are met.
- identify and make recommendations on replacement/alternative equipment and furniture, other leisure needs, safety issues and other opportunities (business, financial or otherwise) giving due consideration to our financial responsibilities as a local authority.
- identify and secure available funding streams to assist in the setting up, running, maintenance and improvement of play parks and open spaces particularly in line with national health and well-being and local youth engagement strategies and agendas.
- review annually, or as required, the relevant RoSPA (condition) reports and determine any actions required.
We believe that within our community there are the skills required to assist us in ensuring the future viability and enjoyment of our play parks and open spaces, and would encourage residents to put their names forward to join one, or more, of the groups. Meeting frequency and times will be agreed by each group but may include evenings.
In common with the role of a Town Councillor, these roles are voluntary and therefore unpaid.
We are looking to bring the groups online during the winter. We look forward to hearing from you.
Cllr Wayne Jones, Chair – Open Spaces Working Group