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Celandine Drive new play space development

A design for the play space has now been selected.


This play space installation is part of a planning condition for the new housing development within this area. The 106 planning gain contribution is subject to the play provision being installed on a specified plot. Since June 2012 Hastings Borough Council's Play Hastings Team has been working with the community to shape the play space development.

In June 2012, information about the neighbourhood, including the local children and parent's play needs and preferences, was gathered and passed to 5 play companies who came up with different designs for the space.

In August 2012, residents met on site to tell us what they liked and disliked about the 5 play companies ideas for the space and to select their preferred design.

In September 2012, Eibe Play's design was amended by residents and a final design was agreed.

The construction of this play site will begin in spring 2013 with the play space installation being complete by May.

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Pelham Play Ground

Please note that Pelham Play Ground is closed for essential maintenance until 03 February.

Sketch of play ground

Some of the local children who have helped shape this play space development cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony and our Play Hastings Team organised a selection of free play activities and a tour of the Play Ground.

The new Play Ground is situated close to the PLAYA and Crazy Golf area on Hastings Seafront and completes the trio of Seafront play spaces to be opened, the other 2 being the promenade play pockets situated at Warrior Square and West St Leonard Gardens.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to ensure this play space development was a success, including all of you who responded to the Seafront Play Sapce consultation earlier this year and Eibe Play Ltd who brought the vision to a reality.

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The Play Strategy

We will be working on a new play strategy for 2013. A Play forum meeting will take place in January and then partners will be carrying out consultation with all of the town residents to ascertain play need, preferences and help to inform the strategic development of play within our Borough further. For more information about the new strategy consultation please contact, Play Development Officer.

The Play Strategy was adopted by Cabinet in March 2007 and runs until September 2012. The aim of the strategy is to establish a framework for the local authority and its partners to plan, improve, develop and sustain play opportunities within the Borough.  The strategy also works towards ensuring that consideration of children's need to play, becomes part of strategic policy framework for all decisions that affect the planning of community services and public space.  The strategy highlights the value of play, the strategic context and the extensive local consultation findings. The strategy included an 3 year action plan which has recently been reviewed and updated with a refresh document to ensure the strategy remains current.

The outcomes of the initial action plan included the successful Big Lottery funded 'Make Way for Play' initiative which was managed and delivered by Hastings Borough Council's Play Hastings over 3 years.  The successful outcomes included:

  • A  regular programme of 'Street Play' sessions in areas of deprivation
  • Increased Large scale summer Play Days which attracted an average of approximately 3,500 local people per event
  • The successful refurbishment of 6 local playgrounds, enabled by match funding with the recent Play Pathfinder grant
  • Sustaining coordination of the local Play Forum
  • Offering training and a volunteer programme to local young people

Targets within the second action plan which carry forward the Play Strategy until September 2012 include:

  • Provide Play Day events Summer 2011 and 2012
  • Seek further funding to provide Street Play Sessions in areas of high deprivation
  • Further develop opportunities for inclusive play
  • Continue to support the new Hastings Adventure Playground
  • Work with Active Hastings and Street Games to secure funding to launch further play sessions with a health focus
  • Provide a créche service to support local parents and internal/external agencies needs
  • Support the Parks and Open Spaces team in actions arising from the Play Space audit and strategy
  • Support the cultural strategy to ensure inclusive local family involvement
  • Co-ordinate Play Forum meetings to ensure community/multi-agency working

Download the Play Strategy documents:

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The Play Forum

The Play Forum is a network of play and childcare providers from statutory and community groups and organisations that share an interest in play.

The forum meets quarterly to discuss current issues and to help us deliver play opportunities to children and families across the town.

Each member of the Play Forum brings different skills and views to the group and the guidance it provides is invaluable. The Play Forum also helps to represent the wider play community and promotes the importance of sharing best practice and working together towards shared aims and to ensure best use is made of limited resources and play information is shared across Hastings and St Leonards.

Without the help of the Play Forum, Playdays in the Park could not run. These events depend on the hard work of its dedicated members who provide help in all forms so that play days can continue. We are always looking for new members to strengthen the voice of the forum. Local parents or residents groups who would like to discuss any issues related to play are also more than welcome to attend meetings. We meet quarterly in the Town Hall, usually on Tuesday lunchtime. If you are interested in joining the Play Forum please contact us for details of future meetings.

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