Gayton may get swings and roundabouts

Gayton - Village Sign
Gayton - Village Sign

New play equipment could be on the cards for a village in West Norfolk after the parish council recently launched a consultation on the proposals.

Gayton Parish Council said it was recently approached by a group of residents who were requesting equipment for younger children at Gayton Playing Field.

The council has since started a consultation to get the opinions of the whole village to find out if the development would “generally be seen as beneficial to the parish”.

Council clerk Kate Senter said: “The council was approached by some people in the parish who had done their own survey and petition which had 60 signatures on it. We now need to see what the whole parish thinks about it.

“We will then take the result and we may decide to give it to a number of suppliers of equipment to look at the costs. We would have to apply for funding to cover this.”

The playing field currently has a skate park which was opened in 2015 after a local youth approached the council and said there was nothing for his age group.

Mrs Senter said: “The field has a variety of equipment, a lot of which was installed when it was extensively upgraded in 2012. We always try to act on what people would like, within reason and within the grants we can get.

“The playing field has always been used by a lot of people, some of whom come from outside of the village. It’s just a really nice focal point within Gayton.”

The woman who started the petition has now joined a working party on the matter, Mrs Senter added.

The parish council wants to know your thoughts about the possibility of installing equipment for younger children – between the ages of 0 and eight – or any other types of equipment.

You can take part in the consultation which is open until Sunday, April 16, by emailing: gaytonparishcouncil@gmail.com, phoning: 01553 841387 or posting your thoughts to: Unit 1 Chapleton Lodge, East Winch Road, Middleton, King’s Lynn, PE32 1SF.

Alternatively, you can place a written response in the boxes that will be available at the butchers, the garage shop, the hairdressers, the school or Gayton Goslings in the village, along with forms to fill in.

Comments can also be left on an online survey which can be found at www.gaytonnews.co.uk by following the surveymonkey link which is on the homepage.