Gnosall Parish Council
Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.
After a much publicised arson attack last summer, the £34K project to replace the 75m of boardwalk and facilities has finally been completed. Improved fire-retardant recycled plastic has been used to link the route across the Doley Brook and an extra spur to a new viewing platform. Local residents have really missed this popular route across the Acres public open space and Parish Clerk, Jayne Cooper has been besieged by eager villagers over the past 11 months asking when the boardwalk would be re-opened.
Parish Councillor Tracey Simkin explained “It’s fantastic how quickly the boardwalk become an important asset to local people and we are all greatly relieved to see the route complete once again. We thank the community for their patience during this testing period, The Acres has suffered many acts of vandalism over recent years and we urge parishioners for their vigilance to help ensure something like this never happens again”.
The boardwalk was formally opened on the 29th of June by pupils from St Lawrence Primary Academy, whose children so generously raised money towards its reconstruction. The rest of the funding came from insurance cover and Section 106 contributions from local housing developments.
An exciting new outdoor play facility at the heart of the village was also be opened on 29th June. The Chippy Jumps was previously a BMX track and is located on former railway sidings and opposite the takeaway on the A518 road – hence the unusual name.
The new play equipment includes a 25m zip wire, a slide, seesaw overhead rotator, basket swing, multi-activity centre and an adventure trail. There are also a number of picnic benches for children and families to enjoy the attractive wooded surroundings.
Parish Council clerk, Jayne Cooper stated “We are delighted that the new Chippy Jumps is already proving to be such a popular destination for local children and families. We look forward to it becoming a focal point of outdoor play for many future generations our community’s young people”.
This project to totally transform and refurbish the Chippy Jumps has been funded via Section 106 monies generated from recent housing developments in the village.
Work on reconstructing the Boardwalk commenced at the beginning of June and should take 3-4 weeks to complete. Residents and visitors are asked to be mindful when walking near to the site and not attempt to cross the boardwalk during the reconstruction. It won’t be long until we can all start using this much missed facility again to get from one side of the village to the other and enjoy the Acres open space, wetlands and wildlife areas when using the boardwalk.