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The Town Council have completed the lease to take over responsibility for Highfields Play Area from Stroud District Council for the next 25 years (until 2041).

We have started the process of looking at the work required to bring the area up to an acceptable standard. We will be concentrating first on those issues we consider to be a priority e.g. work related to safety.

Press Release: September 2017

The Town Council's Green Spaces Committee confirmed improvements and new facilities for Highfields Play Area at our meeting on the 19th September 2017.

The Committee approved a new zip wire facility to be installed and important safety improvements to the existing Borneo climbing frame. These improvements are in addition to the revamp of the BMX track and new picnic tables carried out at the beginning of 2017.

New combined football and rugby goal posts have been ordered and are due to be installed in the next few weeks.

Cllr Alex Stennett, the Chair of Green Spaces said "I am pleased the Green Spaces committee have been able to approve and oversee the improvements we are making to Highfields Play Area over the last few months. I am sure the zip wire will be a popular addition to the existing play equipment".

The Green Spaces committee have also reviewed the future of the existing youth shelter, following complaints relating to anti-social behaviour. The Committee reviewed correspondence received both for and against its removal, the crime statistics and accompanying comments from the local neighbourhood police team.

The Committee decided that the existing shelter will be removed with a new shelter being provided. The style and location of the new shelter will be consulted with the police, local residents and users of the facility. In the short term, some alterations will be made to the existing youth shelter to reduce the regular graffiti, noise and anti-social behaviours that have been reported.

The Mayor, Cllr Neil Grecian stated "It was a difficult decision for the committee to make. I feel it is important to provide a shelter that will be more suitable for all users of the play area but will not be to the detriment of the local residents".

Volunteers from the Community Day 2017

Community Day: 29th May 2017

Thank you to all our volunteers who supported our Community Day at Highfield's Play Area on the 29th May 2017 despite the Bank Holiday rain.

The volunteers were able to clear overhanging vegetation, collect litter, repair fences, remove weeds strim along the boundary fences and clean benches. Unfortunately we had to cancel the planned painting of the youth shelter and play equipment due to the weather.

The volunteers enjoyed a BBQ supplied by Cam Family Butcher and were kept refreshed with tea/coffee and soft drinks from the Hummingbird Café.

Tesco Bag For Help Funding

We were selected for grant funding by TESCO and the after the community vote in local stores we were awarded a grant of £1,000 towards our Community Day in Highfields Play Area. The Community Day was held on Monday 29th May 2017.

Mayor Neil Grecian; John Kay, Town Clerk, Shani Walker, People Manager at Tesco in Cam and Antony Gruliano, Community Champion of Cam, Tesco at the Bags of Help token collection point at the store in Cam

Improvements

The Green Spaces Committee have confirmed two areas for improvement early in 2017.

The first major improvement at Highfields has now been completed with the refurbished BMX track being recently completed and reopened for use.

The improvement works included re-grading the areas of "dirt" track and surfacing the corners and bends of the track, which will result in a longer wearing track which will reduce the level of future maintenance required by the Town Council. These improvements will significantly improve the quality of the ride for our BMX enthusiasts.

The finished BMX track at Highfields Play Area.