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Stonehouse Town Council puts a ‘zip’ into children’s play area - press release

09 April 2019 at 15:51

Lots of happy children, goodie bags and a sunny morning was the perfect recipe for the official opening of new play facilities at one of Stonehouse’s play parks.

 The amenities at the Oldends Lane Recreation Ground have been completely overhauled with new and refurbished equipment and improvements being made for families using the park. Following widespread consultation with local residents - including children and young people - a zip wire, pod swing, overhead carousel and ‘clamberstack’ have been provided for older children.  The play equipment for younger children has been refurbished and a new roundabout, spinner and bouncers installed.  Additional picnic benches and seating have also been fitted and trees planted to improve the landscaping and provide shade for families in the summer. 

 Councillor Theresa Watt, Chair of Stonehouse Town Council, said: “It was lovely to see so many children, many of whom had just completed the junior Parkrun, help us unveil the new play equipment on Sunday (7th April).

“We have already had reports that it is being well used and enjoyed by local children and young people. We hope that the new area will be an exciting space for healthy, challenging outdoor exercise while also providing a pleasant place for families to meet, relax and socialise.”

 The contract was awarded to Kompan and was completed on time and on budget.  This work is Phase 1 of a long-term plan to improve facilities at Oldends Lane recreation ground.

The project was funded by Stonehouse Town Council, housing developers’ contributions, The National Lottery Big Lottery Fund, Gloucestershire County Council Growing our Communities Fund (Supported by Stonehouse county councillor Lesley Williams), Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association and Gloucestershire Community Foundation.

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Consultation begins regarding relocation of Stonehouse Library

01 April 2019 at 11:23

Gloucestershire County Council and Stonehouse Town Council are proposing to relocate the library from Elm Road into the Town Hall to ensure the service remains available for many years to come.

Both councils are asking members of the public to have their say on the impact this proposal may have as well as how they use the current library facilities at Stonehouse. The building has become outdated and increasingly difficult to maintain. An investment of around £238k would be needed to ensure the current building is kept up to date and fit for purpose.

By relocating the library from Elm Road into the Town Hall, the library would benefit from a presence on the high street, making it easier for local residents to access library and town council services from one building. The Elm Road site would be sold to contribute to the costs of refurbishing part of the town council building.

Stonehouse Library is currently only open for 12 hours per week, the lowest opening hours of any county library in Gloucestershire. Both councils are keen to extend the library’s opening hours by encouraging more local residents to volunteer at future community engagement events. 

The consultation will begin on 1 April and end on 25 May. An online version is available on the county council website at Hard copies can be collected from Stonehouse Library and Stonehouse Town Hall.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for public protection, parking and libraries, said: “The building is in a poor state of repair and left in its current form would likely be forced to close within the next 12–24 months. Moving the library to the town council building not only would ensure the library remains open, but would also make it easier and more convenient for residents to access services from one central location. I urge as many residents as possible to complete the survey as it’s important the local community have their say.”   

Cllr Lesley Williams, local county councillor for Stonehouse, said: “The library facility at Stonehouse is an important and well used service for local residents. If the proposal has no significant impact on residents and we receive an increase in numbers of library volunteers; the library opening hours could be extended which would be great news for the community here in Stonehouse. I hope local residents can find the time to complete the online questionnaire and give us their views.”

Cllr Theresa Watt, chair of Stonehouse Town Council, said: “We have been working with the county council for some time to ensure that the library and town council have a presence on the High Street. It will benefit local residents hugely to have both services together in a modern, light and accessible setting.”

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