Castle Batch has been identified as an ideal site for a SEN play area.

Due to its level access, bus routes and dedicated access to parking on site, Castle Batch has been said to make a fantastic place for a SEN playpark. SEN parks focus on sensory play, which is suitable for children with special educational needs. 

The council has undertaken an extensive consultation exercise with the local community to understand the demand.

There was an overwhelming response and demonstrable passion from people who don’t have access to the right kind of play equipment for their children’s learning and enjoyment needs, since the closest dedicated SEN park to residents within Weston is at Kingston Seymour which is around 13 miles away and a 25-minute car journey.

Here are some of the comments that were given during the consultation process:

  • "My kids love coming to this park but definitely need more things here, will be very welcomed by our community."
  • "This would make a huge difference to local children. At present the only accessible park is a long drive away which isn’t always practical. It is important for all children to exercise in a fun way but children with additional needs, some of them can’t manage physically or emotionally to play team games such as football or tennis."
  • "Having SEN and regular equipment alongside each other is great, especially for mixed-ability families. Anything wheelchair accessible is really appreciated particularly for older children who cannot easily be lifted."
  • "This would be so beneficial for my wheelchair-bound daughter, we never get to go to the park and use the equipment. It would be lovely to have this opportunity so she can be involved in a normal part of child play."  

During the redevelopment, the play area will be shut and barriers will be erected on all sides as it will be a working site. Deliveries may cause minor disruptions to the car park.

Unfortunately, at this time there will be no play allowed. Play equipment is being replaced and upgraded so this makes access within the fenced barrier perimeter of the current play area strictly prohibited. 

It is envisaged that this exciting, inclusive new play space will be back open in the Spring following the completion of works.