Section 106 funding from housing developments has also been used to totally revamp the Chippy Jumps, opposite Gnosall Fish Bar. Work did initially start in December but was hampered by the wet ground conditions over winter and progress did not resume until April.
New play facilities include 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 use. The Parish Council did hope that the BMX track around the perimeter would be retained, but regrettably this proved unfeasible as the contractors began installing equipment.
The new Chippy Jumps is already proving to be a really popular play destination with local children and we look forward to it becoming as important a community facility as the boardwalk.
New fencing has been erected around the abandoned flood-prone plots at the northern end of the site. This has been done to deter continued fly-tipping. The plan had been to re-profile these particular allotments – using soil from the plots to raise the height of half of this area above regular flood levels.
The cost to clear the site, however, spiralled as the volume of dumped rubbish and leftover materials proved to be far more extensive than anticipated. Most of this debris has come from localised tipping and also included a considerable amount of asbestos.
Unfortunately the expenditure on the clearance and fencing has meant a rise in allotment tenancy fees. The Parish Council will monitor tipping and act accordingly to address any continued incidents.