At long last, the boardwalk was formally re-opened on the 28th of June. In true British fashion, over fifty hardy souls braved a thoroughly wet and miserable summer’s evening to witness pupils from St Lawrence Primary Academy cut the ribbon on the replaced section of boardwalk. Cllr Mike Deegan thanked all those involved in clearing the site, raising the funds needed and completing the work.
As the saying goes, you don’t always appreciate what you have until it’s gone and that was certainly how many parishioners felt during its temporary loss. Now the village has its boardwalk back - even bigger and better than before. Long may it stand as a much-needed facility and a testament to our community’s resilience.
On the same soggy June evening, those in attendance made the short walk up to the Chippy Jumps to see the new play facilities being opened and partake in a tasty chip supper. The revamped area includes a variety of fixed play equipment, with the new zip-wire given a stern test on the night by Cllr Tracey Simkin. The new facilities have proved really popular with local children and families.
The Parish Council again thanks Stafford Borough Council for their support in allowing Section 106 money (from recent housing developments in Gnosall) to be used towards the funding of both the boardwalk replacement and Chippy Jumps equipment.
St Lawrence Primary Academy pupils involved in the reopening of The Boardwalk and Chippy Jumps Play Park
Update on The Boardwalk Arson Court Case
The two people accused of the arson attack on the Boardwalk attended Cannock Magistrates Court on 23rd August 2017. After a short hearing, due to the extensive damage and repair costs being in excess of £35,000, the Magistrate informed those present that the case was outside Magistrate jurisdiction and could only be determined at Crown Court level. Following a session at Stafford Crown Court on 25th September, we can confirm that the two defendants entered a plea of ‘guilty’. In view of their ‘guilty’ submission there will be no need for the case to go to trial by jury; sentencing will take place at Stafford Crown Court on 23rd October. The Parish Council is determined not to tolerate vandalism in any shape or form and we hope that the outcome of this particular case gives a strong and clear message that we will take all steps necessary to stamp out crime.