THE REGENERATION OF JUBILEE PLAYING FIELDS,
EVERSIDE LANE, CAM, GL11 5UL
Cam Parish Council has been working very hard since the public consultation into the rejuvenation of the playing fields was launched in October 2019. We've now come up with a plan for the future of the fields which we think is exciting, innovative and ticks all the boxes! But we want to know what you think.
The first phase of improvements is shown on the attached map, but to give more information….
We're aware that visibility could be better at the entrance to the site. Therefore, we propose cutting the hedge at the entrance back by 1.5 metres. The bank will also be shaved back to improve the slope of the land and then the extra ground this creates will be tarmacked and a reflective bollard installed. This means vehicles can see pedestrians and pedestrians have extra space to get out of the way of cars. And the bollard will mean cars can't park on this extra space.
NEW YOUNGER CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA
There's not a lot of interesting play equipment at Jubilee Playing Fields for children aged from toddler to 10-years-old. Cam Parish Council wants to create a play area with a host of new, exciting equipment not too far from the parking area and safely fence this area with natural, post and rail type fencing covered with wire mesh. Most of the existing equipment dotted around the grass between the car park and the skatepark will also be moved inside the fenced play area but one or two pieces (such as the see-saw and bucket swing) will be left where they are. And a new piece of equipment, perhaps flat swings, might even be added to the area outside the newly proposed, fenced play area.
The children's play area will have two pedestrian gates and also a locked double gate to allow a tractor to access the area to cut the grass and trim the hedge.
No dogs will be allowed in the fenced children's play area.
AREA BETWEEN THE FENCED CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA AND THE SKATEPARK
Fencing off a play area means we've got a patch of land perfect for putting picnic benches surrounded by trees and a special wildflower mix that would enjoy the challenging drainage issues at Jubilee Playing Fields. The trees would help the environment, provide shade in summer for families enjoying picnics and also help suck up some of that excess water that we all experience at the playing fields.
FENCING THE SKATEPARK
The skatepark at Jubilee Playing Fields is enjoyed by many youngsters. But time and again on the public consultation people asked for it to be fenced. Therefore, we plan to fence the skatepark. On one side green, spectator fencing is proposed so that people can lean on the fence and watch the skills of the skateboarders using the ramps. On two more sides the skatepark will be fenced with natural, post and rail fencing covered with a wire mesh. The existing hedge will act as the final side of skatepark. There will be two pedestrian gates, or perhaps one pedestrian gate and one stile, within the fencing and also a locked double gate to allow a tractor access to cut the hedge.
No dogs will be allowed inside the fenced skatepark.
DIVERT THE FOOTPATH AROUND THE SKATEPARK
At the moment the well-used and much-loved perimeter footpath takes walkers straight into the skatepark. This is great if you're a skateboarder but not so good if you're a walker. So, Cam Parish Council wants to divert the footpath along a 112 metre route around the skatepark and past the MUGA to once again link up with the existing path. This has the added advantage of avoiding the marshy ground which houses the large muddy puddle which settles each winter. This footpath will probably have to be built up to avoid future waterlogging.
DOGS AT JUBILEE PLAYING FIELDS
We love dogs! But they have caused one or two issues, namely dog poo and dogs off leads harassing other park users. Dogs will still be welcome at Jubilee Playing Fields but they will not be allowed inside the fenced children's play area or the fenced skatepark. We will also request that dogs are kept on leads from the car park area to a point just after the fenced skatepark, but after that they can be let off their leads to enjoy exploring. Signs will be put up at the points where we ask that dogs are kept on or allowed off leads.
But please, dog owners, remember to keep your dogs under control and pick up after your them. Otherwise Cam Parish Council will be forced to reconsider dogs at Jubilee Playing Fields.
These are Cam Parish Council's plans for the first phase of the regeneration of Jubilee Playing Fields. We have future plans, including improving and opening the car park at the entrance to the playing fields, creating a footpath (perhaps a boardwalk) across the centre of the site and building a bigger, better skatepark. But that's all in future phases.
Please have a look at the attached map as a visual aid to what we're hoping to do in the next year or so at Jubilee Playing Fields. Your opinions matter to us, so please let us know what you think by Monday 2 March.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone: 01453 548884
In person: Cam Parish Council, 4 Noel Lee Way, Cam, GL11 5PS