Necton Parish Council has upgraded the surface of their play area from grass to a bonded rubber mulch, extending the play season for local children. Utilising funds secured from section 106 development contributions, the Parish Council commissioned local company, Fenland Leisure, to lay green bonded rubber mulch underneath each piece of play equipment. During the installation, it came to light that the see-saw was beyond reasonable repair and further funding was secured to replace it with a new version of the same model. The new bonded mulch provides a safe, bouncy surface to minimise injury, confirms to British and European safety standards and allows the play area to be used right through the winter months without getting muddy shoes.
Other improvements to the play area this summer include repairs to the roundabout, replacement toddler swing seats and a replacement zip wire, all of which contributed to the area getting another clean bill of health on the annual ROSPA inspection. The Parish Council was also successful in securing the installation of two new highway warning signs by Norfolk County Council.
The Necton play area is well equipped, catering for all age groups from toddlers to teenagers. Adjacent to the play area, is a free outdoor gym, a fully enclosed basketball court and two sets of fitted goalposts for general kick-about and 5-a-side games. A project to install a new outdoor table tennis is expected to be completed by spring 2017.