Wheelbarrow Castle Community Space and Play Park – “Easebourne Park”

Easebourne Parish Council received from Chichester District Council planning consent for the Wheelbarrow Castle Community Space and Play Park project at the end on April; accordingly we are now proceeding with this exciting project. The Parish Council has recently held the last 2 of a series of public consultations where the overwhelming response has been enthusiastic and supportive.  Indeed, the consultations threw up several innovative ideas for additions to the present plans for the community space which the parish council are discussing and which may well form part of a phase 2 plan, to be enacted next year, subject to fundraising being successful. Thank you to all who have participated in the public consultations over the past 2 years. The present title for the community space and play park is a bit of a mouthful and we have sought suggestions during recent consultations: the majority opinion was that the space be simply be referred to as Easebourne Park. The plan for the park, shown below, will involve coordinated work between our 4 contractors, Affinity Chartered Surveyors, PB Groundworks Ltd, Playsafe Playgrounds, and Wildwood UK, and our close partners, Easebourne Primary School. The work is due to commence on 8 June this year, and the park should be completed by end of August. Regular updates on progress, to include an opening date, will be provided on this site – please keep looking. We would be delighted to answer any specific questions you may have about this project. Please contact Sharon Hurr, the Parish Clerk on parishclark@easebourne.org

Field update

Work on the new playground at Wheelbarrow Castle continues. After some initial consultation the working group has been liaising with a traditional play equipment supplier to obtain quotes and will now be working with the supplier and Wildwood to produce a final design. The Parish Council will consult on the final design.

At the same time, the working group is preparing the planning application for submission over the coming weeks.

Part and parcel of producing a final design will involve setting the costs of the new playground. In the interim, the Parish Council is applying for some grant funding to boost the coffers and is also looking at other funding options.

Initial concept design for the Wheelbarrow Castle field

The initial concept design for the Wheelbarrow Castle field was launched at the village meeting and the field committee has also consulted with the primary school on the initial design.  The design incorporates some traditional play equipment along with Wildwood UK dens and trails.  There are planted areas and a perimeter track around the whole field.

Click image for high resolution view of initial concept design for Wheelbarrow Castle field.


The feedback we have received has been positive and we have received some suggestions – lavatories, a kiosk and some kind of swing all of which are looking into.  If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments please do email holly@easebourne.org.

The field committee is working towards producing a final design and will consult with the Parish again on the final design.

Playground equipment to be removed end of January

The equipment on the existing playground is being removed at the end of January 2017 to give the Parish Council time to carry out remedial work to the playground site before handing the field back when the lease of the existing playground comes to an end.

Plans for the new playground are underway and the field committee is speaking to a number of contractors and are waiting for some initial design ideas which the field committee can discuss and progress in the early part of next month.