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Four-week closure of New Milton town centre play park for £70,000 improvement works

A NEW Milton play park is being closed for four weeks as contractors carry out £70,000 of improvement work.

Youngsters will be unable to access the popular facility on the recreation ground from Monday when contractors move in, with the closure set to run through the autumn half-term holiday, 25th to 29th October.

The town council project will involve new drainage and sub-base, and resurfacing. New benches, picnic tables and bins will also be installed.

The play park will be shut from Monday
The play park will be shut from Monday

As well as this, there will be short closures of the neighbouring skate park for resurfacing.

Apologising for the inconvenience, town council estates and facilities manager Mark Jeffries assured residents the work would be carried out as quickly as possible.

“There is never a good time to close a play area and whilst the town council appreciates the work will run on through the forthcoming half-term, it was considered better to complete the works now and before the onset of winter which then could delay the project by at least six months,” he said.

The work will cost £68,395
The work will cost £68,395

“We would like to thank our users in advance for their cooperation and patience whilst this essential work is carried out.”

A temporary site access will be formed off Whitefield Road to facilitate safe contractor traffic movements, with a temporary footway formed to allow safe passage around the work area.

The pedestrian entrance off Whitefield Road adjacent to the play area will be closed for the duration of the works.

As reported in the A&T, the town council previously gave the go-ahead for the scheme costing a total of £68,395 to come out of its reserves.

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