Conservative Councillors welcome improvements to Skate and Play Park plans

Midsomer Norton Councillors Barry Macrae and Shirley Steel (Con, Midsomer Norton North) have said they are “delighted” with proposals being drawn up for a new skate and play park at Gullock Tyning.

Proposals for the new facilities were discussed at a Gullock Tyning ‘Steering Group’ meeting of councillors and Council Officers last Thursday and at a public event in the Somer Centre last Friday. Conservative councillors Shirley and Barry have welcomed improvements made to the plans which incorporate feed-back received from local residents.

Cllr Macrae (Con, Midsomer Norton North) said:

“It was a really positive meeting and it was good to see that comments made by local residents had been taking into account in developing the plans. The plans for a new play area and skate park are a really exciting development for residents in Midsomer Norton so we are working hard to make sure we get the plans right.

“Concerns raised by nearby residents about lighting, security, noise, landscaping, parking and seating were all discussed at the meeting. The proposals to address these issues were all then fed-back to residents at the public meeting on Friday.”

A total of £800,000 is to be spent on improving facilities at Gullock Tyning, creating a large new ‘Adventure Playground’ as well as skate park. Conservative Councillor Shirley Steel has campaigned for improved play facilities at the site for a number of years and has expressed delight that work is now soon to start.

Cllr Steel (Con, Midsomer Norton North) commented:

“After so many years of campaigning for these improvements, it is fantastic to see firm plans finally coming forward. With my fellow Conservative Councillors we have fought hard to get the funding for the project, and I am confident it will be a tremendous asset to the whole community.

“We will continue to work closely with the designers and engineers to ensure local people remain properly engaged. I hope that those who have raised certain concerns about the plans will now be reassured that their comments have been taken into account.”