Winning design of new play area to be announced

The Salts SUS-150420-101205001
The Salts SUS-150420-101205001

Seaford Town Council will announce the winning design of The Salts Play Area at the annual town meeting next week.

A public consultation to pick the favoured plan for a new children’s play area has been running for the past two weeks and a final decision will be made at the meeting, which is being held at Seaford Head Golf Club on Tuesday, April 28.

A short-list of four designs, created by manufacturers Kompan, Play Innovation, Proludic and Sutcliffe, were included in the consultation, each with an aerial plan, 3D aspect views and booklets detailing their ideas.

The Salts Development Plan was submitted for adoption as a policy document in November 2014 and was approved earlier this year following an agreement between Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council to release more than £200,000 from money received for leisure as a result of new housing in the town.

After receiving the green light, Seaford Town Council approached five play area specialists asking them to submit design proposals for a new children’s play space at the venue.

All play company proposals that meet or exceed the design requirements were then presented to the public, who were asked to select their favourite design as well as having the opportunity to add some additional comments. The end result will be the play area favoured by the people of Seaford.

The council hopes to complete the redevelopment ahead of the school summer holidays ensuring that The Salts can provide the long awaited quality of service that local residents have been asking for.

The Salts recreation ground is situated just off the seafront and within a few minutes walk of the town centre. It is home to Seaford Rugby Football Club, Seaford Cricket Club, Seaford Lifeguards and The Base. There is an on-site Salts Café, public toilets, tennis courts, basketball court, pitch and putt, outdoor gym and skate park.

Part of the development plan also hopes to include a variety of landscaping projects such as a footpath/cycle path around the outside of the main fields, as well as picnic areas and viewing areas for events and other entertainment such as outdoor movies.

While the public consultation ended on Sunday, April 19, the physical plans can still be viewed at a number of locations across Seaford, including The Salts Café, Seaford Library, The Downs Leisure Centre and Seaford Tourist Information Centre, all subject to opening times.

The full development plan can be downloaded from the Seaford Town Council website.