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We the undersigned petition Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to urgently and without delay reinstate the children’s playground located at Lady Neville recreation ground, Court Road, Banstead to its original size and with the same level of varied play activities. More details

Petition update from the council, 18 November 2010

In line with the Council's Petition Scheme, this petition was referred to Council for debate. This took place on 30 September 2010 (minutes are available on our website:

Following the debate, the petition was referred to the Council's Executive for further consideration. The Executive received a report on 11 November 2010 (minutes are available on our website:

After considering the report, the Executive RESOLVED that the
(i) children’s playground at Lady Neville be extended to provide a range of equipment suitable to the age range 6-13 years;
(ii) work in resolution (i), be funded on the basis of £15,000 being allocated from the Council’s existing Playground Capital Programme and the community be requested to undertake local fundraising activities, including support from local Councillors, to contribute to the overall costs of the extension to the playground which were estimated to cost a maximum of £30,000; and
(iii) Head of Neighbourhood Services be authorised, in consultation with the Executive Members for Leisure & Wellbeing and Environment and the nominated Ward Member, to proceed with the scheme once a sufficient amount of community funding had been received by the Council.

More details from petition creator

Banstead Village is fortunate to enjoy in the heart of its community a wonderful recreation ground with the children’s playground being a particularly popular and well used facility. It had a good range of facilities on offer to entertain most children from swings for the toddlers to swings for the older children, from slides and climbing frames to roundabouts and seesaws. This year the playground was closed for an eagerly anticipated ‘makeover’ with the promise of new and improved facilities. We had hoped for facilities similar to either Cheam or Reigate park. Sadly on re-opening the children have discovered that, whilst the toilets have had an impressive (and much needed) makeover and there is now a café overlooking newly landscaped gardens, ideal for the adults, the playground has not had a makeover but a makeunder. Why is our children’s playground so small now, where have all the play things gone? Why is there no slide, no big swings, no roundabout, no sandpit?

Current signatories

Mrs Clare Derrane, the petition creator, joined by:

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