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Gutterscroft Play Area – New Equipment Survery

Last updated on 11 May 2018

Dear Community,

Haslington Parish Council have committed to invest in the Gutterscroft play area in the year 2018/2019, and have created a consultation survey to help gather the views of local people. Can you please spare 10 minutes to complete the survey as we would value your help when selecting appropriate play equipment.

All prices shown are ex VAT. The budget for this project is between £40,000 – £70,000.

Survey Now Complete – Thank you to all those who took part.


  1. Samantha green
    Samantha green 11 March 2018

    The area of the field is large so we have a great opportunity to have an under 6/7 area and an older area totally separate for different age groups and it needs to fenced off to stop dog owners going on it.
    The top end (near the hall) could have some fixed goal posts in it as well.

  2. Liz kent
    Liz kent 11 March 2018

    This is a great idea as I have 2 children aged 8 years old and 3 years and they would be excited to see something like these in the gutterscroft x currently there is no where for then to play in the gutterscroft as it has been vandalised by youths who continue to destroy anything that has been installed and they ruin it for young children so it would be nice to see some security in place if you are going to spend that sort of money on equipment x

  3. Michelle
    Michelle 12 March 2018

    I am thrilled there is going to be a new play area for Haslington! I have submitted my survey response but I also have made some comments below which are also the thoughts of many others completing the survey:-

    1. The park needs to be fenced off for safety and to keep dogs away from the children. Not only do dogs run up and scare the children but there is always dog poo on the ground.
    2. Two separate play areas, one for small children and one for bigger children. One doesn’t suit all and some of the older equipment is hazardous for little ones.
    3. Safe flooring such as the sponge type flooring you get in modern parks.
    4. Regular cleaning and maintenance as I have often found broken glass and litter which has been of the big reasons I don’t take my children.


  4. Rachael slater
    Rachael slater 13 March 2018

    Agreed that rubberised flirting on play area would be great
    I have two children and guess I don’t want two different areas of fenced off separately although I can see why people would, I don’t want a child in each section
    Maintenance is an issue- vandalism- not sure what can be done
    Dog fowling is an issue – minority repeat
    offenders I suspect
    Some picnic benches would be great

  5. Gina
    Gina 16 April 2018

    This parc could really benefit from an all weather football/basketball court and a tennis court. Similar to Sandbach park. There would be plenty of room and it could be fenced in avoiding dog mess! This would be just as important as updating play equipment that is already existing, as you are failing the older children again by not addressing what is missing in the village, rather then what may need replacing?

  6. Community resident
    Community resident 1 May 2018

    I agree with all the comments and love love to see a much better facility than we currently have in the village. I guess its easy to vandalise because its such an exposed area. Is there a way to open it up a bit at front so its not so secluded. I know this will being some different issues like security, etc. It would be a shame to lose the privacy.

  7. James
    James 8 July 2019

    I think the council should implement a kind of outdoor gym type arrangement somewhere into the renovation, callistenics bars, monkey bars etc, to give some older people something to use there aswell.

  8. Rebecca
    Rebecca 19 March 2021

    I agree with all previous comments . In comparison to other village/local parks it requires further improvement. I believe a low maintanance, eco/cost effective path requires laying from top to bottom and separation of the kids play area to the open playing field to keep dogs from accessing and playing on the equipment. The park itself gets very muddy – the mud then transferring to the slides/swings etc which is a slip risk as the rubber/grass slabs are not effective enough. Again a low maintaince path ( maybe even nature trail) to link up each equipment/play area would be safe/effective. Through lockdown the importance of open spaces has been highlighted and the mental/physical effects on children young and old personally the park is disappointing for the size /young population of the village.

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