New Children’s Play Facilities at Stoke Lodge

The Developers of Parry’s Grove and Queen’s Gate housing developments were required to provide an infrastructure levy (Section 106 Agreement) as a condition of their planning consent. It was an absolute condition of this Section 106 Agreement that the money could only be spent on the provision of Play Facilities on Stoke Lodge. This was in 1995 – nearly 20 years ago! 

This money was still unspent in 2011, when it was found by the Local Community Group “Save Stoke Lodge Parkland” as part of their research into their “Town and Village Green Application”. 

Since discovering this money and, more importantly, the strict conditions under which the money could be spent, it has taken four years of determined action, constant discussion and the occasional confrontation to persuade the various departments within Bristol City Council to provide this magnificent facility by spending money that they had on deposit and that could only be spent by them for this purpose. However, we must report that once the battle had been won the eventual delivery team have been fantastic. 

Therefore, the Section 106 money has funded the Play Facilities located within Stoke Lodge as per the terms of the Agreement. Additionally, part of the Section 106 monies from the current Bristol University Hiatt Baker Student Accommodation project has funded works in the Adult Learning Centre Car Parks that improve access to Stoke Lodge Parkland for all. The Section 106 money from Bristol University’s development has also funded work associated with Quarry Park in Henleaze and Canford Park in Westbury-on-Trym. 

The facility was formally declared “open” on Sunday 17 August, with an official tape-cutting by local Stoke Bishop councillor, John Goulandris.

Cllr Goulandris said, “Yes, a fantastic result. A big thank you to all involved and especially to David and Sue Mayer. Their passion for this project was unstoppable no matter what obstacles were placed in the way. Thanks also to Gary Brentnall, who did so much of the ‘hands on’ progressing of the project [on behalf of the Council]”.

The pictures “say” it all! Click on any picture to enlarge.(All photos © Martin Bennett)

 

 

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