Understandable concern has been expressed at the current state of the play areas adjacent to St Nicolas Church.
For some time the Village Society has been working with the Town Council to see necessary improvements and safety work carried out both to the play equipment and surrounding compounds.
Prior to the lockdown in March work had been agreed which will see the fencing replaced, play equipment repaired, the safety surfaces repaired and additional seating and little bins provided. For understandable reasons this work could not be started at that time but is now a priority.
The Town Council has started to receive delivery of the pieces of play equipment from the manufacturers and work will begin soon.
Somerset Wood Recycling have all of the wood ordered, some of which they have but not all as there is a delay in France which is holding up many people and have been told by Fountain Forestry who are supplying the wood that it should be here in the next couple of weeks.
Sadly the condition of the area has not been assisted by increased vandalism and the amount of litter left by users. Volunteers from the society attempt to keep this under control but the situation would be helped by users taking their litter home, teaching their children to do the same and reporting any vandalism to the police.
The Council is liaising with the Community Response Team at North Somerset Council who has upped their patrols of the area.
Residents who see evidence of unsocial behaviour are asked to report this to the police.
Neighbourhood Watch: Police – Details as follows:
Your local Police Beat team are the Bournville One Team. The officers within that team who look after your area are as follows:
Sgt Colin Batchelor | PC Stephen Wakefield | PCSO Kellie Long | PCSO Spencer Poland
Your team can be contacted in the following ways:
1. Telephone 101 and ask for one of the team to make contact with you.
2.Go on Avon and Somerset police web page and go to your area and contact your local officer which will allow you to send an email
3. Email our team inbox: SomNorthNPTBournvill@avonandsomerset.police.uk
Please note, these contacts are not to be used to report crime/crime related incidents. These will still have to be done on 999 for emergencies or 101 for non-emergencies.
The following guidance has been issued by Weston-super-Mare Town Council:
Press release – Park opening information from Weston Town Council
We have been working hard to make our play areas as safe as possible and for them to fit into the government regulations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Please be aware our play areas will not be sanitised. Therefore, we need your help to project all the families who use the play areas.
When visiting our play areas, you need to consider the following guidance and advice to make your visit as safe as possible for you and others. Whilst using play areas, please abide by all current COVID guidance issued by the government. It is recognised that adherence to social distancing between individuals and households can be particularly difficult in a playground setting. This will mean that other ways of minimising transmission risk should also be considered and those who choose to use this play equipment should remain aware of the residual risk.
It’s ESSENTIAL you –
- Check the current government guidelines on social distancing.
- Wash your hands. We cannot sanitise all our play areas so you must wash your hands before, after and during play. Use hand sanitiser or wipes when at the park.
- Consider others when playing. Take turns on equipment and keep your social distance.
- The guidance issued by the government also offers further advice on how you can help keep safe and limit the spread of the virus –
- If the park looks too busy to use in order to maintain social distance, please consider returning at a quieter time.
- Maintain the current social distance measures at all times.
- Consider cleaning where there are clear touchpoints such as swing rockers, before and after use.
- We encourage you to bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean children’s hands, as well as washing/sanitising hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds particularly at the beginning and end of play.
- Try and not touch your face. Cough or sneeze into a tissue.
- Please encourage children to not put their mouths on equipment or their hands in their mouths.
- Parents, guardians or carers should dispose of all litter including any used protective wear such as face coverings or gloves properly in litter bins, taking it home where a bin is not provided or is full.