Play park idea divides Crambeck villagers

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First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

PLANS for a new play area have divided a Ryedale village, ahead of a decision due to be made today.

Developers want to install equipment including a zipwire, two forts and swings on a playing field in Crambeck, near Malton. The application will be discussed by councillors today.

The Crambeck Management Company scheme has caused a village split, with 22 letters of support and 11 objections.

In additon, a 34-signature residents’ petition claims the play area would affect privacy and increase noise and traffic as it may be used by people from elsewhere.

Supporters say the play area will give the village’s children a safe place to play and has been needed for some time.

Among the objectors is Crambeck resident Jennifer Todd. In a letter to the council she said: “A play park of this size and content is not suited to a small, rural village with only a handful of children who may make use of it, and it will be an eyesore in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Fellow resident Stuart Walker said the play area would “change private village land into public land” and traffic into Crambeck would increase if it became popular with non-residents.

However, Peter Sellar said it would be “a superb amenity and a welcome attraction”, and resident James Szkiler said the field was already used as a play area, adding: “This will simply enhance it and give children in the village a fantastic facility to use and enjoy for years to come.”

Crambeck Management Company’s statement to Ryedale District Council planning officers said a play area was requested in the 2010 Welburn and Crambeck Parish Plan and parents had campaigned for facilities since.

It said a village poll showed “overwhelming support” for the scheme and the play area would be some distance from the nearest homes.

Welburn Parish Council has neither supported nor opposed the application, but said it had taken on board residents’ concerns about traffic issues and the play area’s use, while the results of Crambeck’s survey and a residents’ poll were “conflicting”.

In a report recommending approval, planner Charlotte Cornforth said highways officials had raised no roads concerns and any noise from the play area would be screened.

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11:39am Tue 14 Jan 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

I suggest contact with Dunnington Parish Council who created an excellent village play area adjacent to the Sports & Social Club near to the centre of the Village.This has been highly successful and provides an
introduction to healthy physical activities from an early age. It also allows parents to meet and interact socially. This is a positive addition to the life of the Village.
I suggest contact with Dunnington Parish Council who created an excellent village play area adjacent to the Sports & Social Club near to the centre of the Village.This has been highly successful and provides an introduction to healthy physical activities from an early age. It also allows parents to meet and interact socially. This is a positive addition to the life of the Village. Older Sometimes Wiser
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6:30pm Tue 14 Jan 14

markyg says...

In Elvington we had a new play park in 2010. In four years I have not spoken to any resident or visitor or child who didnt have anything but good words to say about it. It is a great place for parents and younger children to go to together and meet others, too. It is great for the older children to be able to go and let off steam. Come on, give them a break, you don,t want them sitting at home playing on their laptops all day, do you?
In Elvington we had a new play park in 2010. In four years I have not spoken to any resident or visitor or child who didnt have anything but good words to say about it. It is a great place for parents and younger children to go to together and meet others, too. It is great for the older children to be able to go and let off steam. Come on, give them a break, you don,t want them sitting at home playing on their laptops all day, do you? markyg
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10:56am Wed 15 Jan 14

The Great Buda says...

I wonder if the same people moaning about providing something for the young, will moan when the young vote down domething for them?
I wonder if the same people moaning about providing something for the young, will moan when the young vote down domething for them? The Great Buda
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11:08am Wed 15 Jan 14

franthom says...

Oh dear, I lived close to one of these built in the NY Moors and though it sounded like a good idea at the time, coaches full of kids were bussed in from Middlesbrough and local parents refused to let their children play there because of the foul language. Be careful what you wish for!
Oh dear, I lived close to one of these built in the NY Moors and though it sounded like a good idea at the time, coaches full of kids were bussed in from Middlesbrough and local parents refused to let their children play there because of the foul language. Be careful what you wish for! franthom
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12:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
I suggest contact with Dunnington Parish Council who created an excellent village play area adjacent to the Sports & Social Club near to the centre of the Village.This has been highly successful and provides an
introduction to healthy physical activities from an early age. It also allows parents to meet and interact socially. This is a positive addition to the life of the Village.
Having just checked out the Village web site
(http://crambeckvill
age.com/).
I can now understand the attitudes of this possibly posh artificial " private" Village.
"The private village now comprises just 63 properties which are set in village grounds of several hectares. It is run by a Management Company financed by monthly contributions from homeowners. The Company is responsible for the maintenance of the village and the upkeep of its amenities which include a nature trail, a tennis court, two paddocks and a playing field"
Not quite my idea of a village environment!
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: I suggest contact with Dunnington Parish Council who created an excellent village play area adjacent to the Sports & Social Club near to the centre of the Village.This has been highly successful and provides an introduction to healthy physical activities from an early age. It also allows parents to meet and interact socially. This is a positive addition to the life of the Village.[/p][/quote]Having just checked out the Village web site (http://crambeckvill age.com/). I can now understand the attitudes of this possibly posh artificial " private" Village. "The private village now comprises just 63 properties which are set in village grounds of several hectares. It is run by a Management Company financed by monthly contributions from homeowners. The Company is responsible for the maintenance of the village and the upkeep of its amenities which include a nature trail, a tennis court, two paddocks and a playing field" Not quite my idea of a village environment! Older Sometimes Wiser
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