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New surfaces have been laid in Chipping Norton playground on New Street.
Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140508-142058009

MHBG-07-08-14 Chippy Playground New surfaces have been laid in Chipping Norton playground on New Street. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140508-142058009

Plans to revamp dilapidated playgrounds in Chipping Norton took a hop, skip and jump last week when new footpaths and play surfaces were laid.

Refurbishment of the New Street playground has long been overdue but now new SoftNotch surfaces have been laid and much of the equipment has been repaired after the town council sunk more than £15,000 into the project.

Now Mayor Mike Tysoe is looking for volunteers to help re-paint the play apparatus over the summer.

He said: “We’ve put new paths down so there is a nice soft surface for mothers, their babies and their push chairs.

We had to do something just to make it usable because the surface was appalling.

“People in the town seem to be quite happy with it now and the next challenge is to get a working party together to do some painting down there.”

There has been much debate in the town over whether the apparatus also needs replacing but the decision has been taken to refurbish the existing items for the time being.

The new SoftNotch surface is made from recycled forklift truck tyres so also supports a sustainable environment.

A new surface has also been laid at the basketball court on Cotswold Crescent. Anyone interested in volunteering to help paint the playground should call 01608 642341.

 

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