CLEVEDON parents are being invited to have their say on how North Somerset Council can improve the children's play area at the Salthouse Fields.

The consultation opened at 11am today (Wednesday, September 20). The council is making a capital investment of £260k to improve four play areas, £150K of which will go towards making improvements to the Clevedon playground.

The other three areas to be improved include:

  • Nailsea – Trendlewood;
  • Portishead – The Vale;
  • Weston-super-Mare – The Park.

Improvements at the four parks are set to include:

  • Repairing or replacing safety surfacing;
  • Replacing broken equipment and/or installing new equipment;
  • Repainting existing equipment;
  • Repairing fencing where needed.

Parents will be able to comment on a range of play equipment at the Salthouse Fields play area, including those suitable for SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) children.

Last year, the council invested £550K to improve play areas across North Somerset, including Cherry Avenue in Clevedon, Pound Lane in Nailsea and Merlin Park in Portishead, to name a few.

The council's website reads: "This year, 2023/24, we will be investing £150,000 into Salthouse Fields, Clevedon.

"This will be bring fantastic and well needed improvements to Salthouse Fields play area. The play area is a mixture of old and tired play equipment and safety surfacing, and some newer play equipment. We propose to invest the money into improving and modernising the areas of the play area that need it."

Councillor Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council's executive member responsible for leisure, said: “I’m delighted to announce the second year of a five-year capital investment programme to deliver much-needed improvement in our play areas.

"Ongoing budget cuts meant that we’d seen little significant investment in our play areas, so while we made some fantastic progress last year, we’re still playing catch-up. We’ve assessed all our play areas and investment is being targeted where it’s needed most.

“I urge families that use the Salthouse Fields play area in Clevedon to take part in the consultation.

"We’re ready to listen and open to thoughts on our proposals – we want to make sure that our money is invested in the way that brings most benefit to local children and young people.”

Click HERE to take part.

All projects are expected to be delivered by the end of March 2024.