ePetition details

Playground

We the undersigned petition the council to To help build a playground on the common in Ibstone.

There are families in the village with children that have nowhere to play apart from their own gardens. A playground would bring the people and children of the village together and create a lovely community.

On reaching 9 signatures An officer will investigate the matter further

This ePetition ran from 13/11/2018 to 31/12/2018 and has now finished.

4 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Thank you for taking the time to put together a petition requesting a play area in Ibstone. The District Council provides very few play areas outside of unparished High Wycombe, as these are normally the responsibility of local town and parish councils. High Wycombe is treated differently as it has no town or parish council and the District Council delivers its local services, charging residents a separate precept to meet their cost.

Just in case helpful I thought I would include a few observations.

If the land you mention is a true public common then it is likely that the permission of the commoners will be needed before anything can be placed on it. Your local parish council may be able to provide further information on the status of the land. Their website is http://www.ibstone.org/. I have checked and we own no green space in this parish so will not be able to help.

Play areas can be costly, replacing one of our average-sized play areas costs in the region of £60-80,000 and a maintenance budget would be needed too. Because of the cost totally new play areas are rare, unless they come as part of a new housing development. I am not aware of any proposed housing developments in the Ibstone area that may provide funding for a play area. The Parish Council is likely to have a better awareness of any local planning proposals.

I am not aware of any sources of funding nationally for play areas at the moment. It may be possible to apply for an Awards for All grant of up to £10,000 if only a few pieces of play equipment are wanted. This fund has a relatively straightforward application process and a reasonable chance of success. Here is the link to their website https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/under10k. The District Council also has a small community grant programme for applications up to £1,500. https://www.wycombe.gov.uk/pages/Community/Grants/Apply-for-a-community-grant.aspx#Communitysupportgrants

In summary you should approach Ibstone Parish Council, as we own no land in your area, and they will be a useful partner and source of advice for you.

I would like to wish you every success with your project.

Kind regards

Elaine Jewell
Head of Community Services

Tel: 01494 421800